News groups push ahead in bid for gunman’s school records

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CINCINNATI (AP) — News organizations seeking school records of a gunman who killed nine people in Dayton have appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court after a lower court rejected their bid for access to the files.

READ MORE: Court rejects news outlets’ bid for Oregon District shooter’s school records

The organizations filed a notice of appeal Monday over the decision by three 2nd District Court of Appeals judges.

That Oct. 2 ruling upheld Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools’ denial of access to Connor Betts’ high school files.

Police killed Betts to end an Aug. 4 massacre in Dayton.

The appellate court ruled the organizations hadn’t established a clear legal right to the records. The school district argued such records are generally protected by federal and state laws.

Ohio’s attorney general sided with the organizations including The Associated Press, saying federal privacy protections don’t apply after a student’s death.

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