Nine students in Concord Academy Boyne’s English 11/12 class discovered an unbelievable loophole in Michigan law while researching laws that should be changed.
Under Michigan’s premises liability laws, it is possible for a robber who gets injured while robbing your house to sue you for damages, even though the robber was in the middle of committing a crime.
Tasked with trying to actually change a law, the students decided to take action on the premises liability law.
After researching the issue, they set up a website and wrote emails, letters, and an article to see if they could influence other citizens and lawmakers.
Premises liability law states: “If a person is injured on the property of another, a court will impose liability on the property owner or possessor.”
This may seem to have no mistakes and make sense to many but the students of Mr. Bachus’s English class found cases where this law was used to try to put suspected criminals into the victim’s seat.
In the case Rainiero vs. Prochaska, Kurt Prochaska broke into the Raniero home and got shot in the back.
Prochaska went into the case ready to sue for his injury.
The English students want to have a chance to correct this error in law. Our pledge of allegiance in the United States even concludes with “… with liberty and justice for all.” Justice needs to be seen through our laws!
The idea of changing a law is tied to a book the students just finished reading, Anthem by Ayn Rand. This book tells a story of a man who breaks laws by simply being different from everyone else and breaks more laws by learning about the history of society.
He doesn’t like the laws his society has made, so he starts his own society.
To help the Concord Boyne students change this law, go to www.robberscansue.weebly.com and sign the petition by posting a comment with your name, age, city, and state.