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Mother Of Gardena High Shooting Victim Plans Lawsuit Against District

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Authorities maintain a command post outside Gardena High School in Los Angeles January 18, 2010, where  two students suffered gunshot wounds after a pistol in a 10th-grader's backpack accidentally discharged. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

Authorities maintain a command post outside Gardena High School in Los Angeles January 18, 2010, where two students suffered gunshot wounds after a pistol in a 10th-grader’s backpack accidentally discharged. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) —  The mother of a 15-year-old boy shot through the neck at a Los Angeles high school has retained lawyers and is planning a legal claim against the school district.

The Cochran Firm said in a statement Friday that the Los Angeles Unified School District “failed miserably” in protecting students by failing to conduct random weapons searches daily, as its policy calls for.

The boy and a 15-year-old girl were shot when a gun went off as a 17-year-old student reached into his backpack at Gardena High School on Tuesday.

The girl, whose skull was fractured, remains hospitalized. The boy was released Wednesday.

The suspect appeared Friday in Long Beach Superior Court on charges of bringing a firearm into a school zone and discharging it. He did not enter a plea.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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