LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a boy who was shot at a Los Angeles high school blame a lack of security for allowing the gun to be smuggled into class.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

Attorneys for Trendell Gholar argued Monday that last week’s shooting at Gardena High School could have been avoided. School district officials have said the campus didn’t make daily weapons checks of students.

Attorneys say they plan to file a damage claim with the Los Angeles Unified School District and will sue if it’s rejected.

The 15-year-old boy was shot in the neck when a gun that a 17-year-old classmate allegedly brought in a backpack accidentally discharged. A 15-year-old girl shot in the head remains hospitalized.

The district says it’s reviewing the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

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Comments (24)
  1. Ed Rooney says:

    what a shock- anotehr frivolous lawsuit- ya’ll need to get a grip.

    1. awo says:

      Many of the comments that I have read express disgust at the lawsuit. The school was negligent in their pursuit of safety for the children. As true as it may be that the school may miss some weapons during their inspection, it is guaranteed that they will miss all of the weapons if their is no attempt to find these weapons is made. It is said that money talks, and indeed it does. If the suit against the school district suceeds, it will give them pause long enough to take weapons searches seriously. The city and the district are strapped for cash with cutbacks everywhere. Such law suits hurt the schools and the quality of the education for the poor in particular because these are the ones who really pay the price. If the school district knows that such negligence comes with a price tag that they can ill afford, perhaps they will take the preventive measures that responsible individuals know to take.

      Perhaps this law suit will be an awakening. The children need better protection in hostile environments. If this had happened to your child, your perspective would take on a more personal perspective. For the sake of children who may be speared from such danger in the future, I pray the lawsuit suceeds. A parent may warn their child of such dangers, but such warnings could not, and would not have protected these two children from the unseen weapon which discharged from that backpack. Be thankful that it was not your child.

  2. Mike K says:

    Yup. Sad that the parents think of their kid getting hurt as a cash cow. LAUSD cannot guarantee kid safety 100% of the time. It’s the parents responsibility to educate their kids too.

    Such frivolous lawsuits these days… We never had this back when I growing up, and I’m only 35 years old!

    1. Joel Lanuza says:

      I agree with you 100%

  3. Jim VG says:

    How about a law suit against the criminal that brought the gun to school. Oh wait…he and his family don’t ahve any money. Let’s just sue the school. What a bunch of money hungry LOSERS!!!!!

  4. Frank N. says:

    I’m sick and tired of these frivolous lawsuits. No wonder the LAUSD went broke.
    Stop using your kids as a money making machine for you, need to educate them of not bringing guns to school in the first palce.

  5. TCB1 says:

    Thankfully it wasn’t my kid or yours that was shot. It is the parents responsibility to educate their kids on safety, drugs, weapons, sex, etc. but when it’s NOT your kid educated kid bringing weapons to a schoo known for violence and weapons…hence the metal detectors….who’s responsibility is it now? I doubt it’s the money their looking for…it’s the principle of having peace of mind when you send you child to school!!! They do their job at the school so you don’t have to meet your child in ER at the end of the day.l

  6. neenee says:

    I’m a White woman and I wonder if people would say this was frivolous if it had been a White kid/family?

    1. ricardo says:

      I’m a hispanic man and whatever the race of the family,it’s a frivolous lawsuit regardless of race or national origin. If one wants to EXTORT money out of some system, get the money from your job!

  7. Josh says:

    What some of you are FAILING to remember is that the security at the school didn’t properly search the kids that day. They are SUPPOSED to screen kids EVERY DAY and they didn’t do this the day this unfortunate event took place.

    Aside from the STUPID kid who brought the gun to school that day, I would say the school definitely plays a HUGE role in this as well.

  8. daddy_freddie says:

    I too agree with many of the posters here…the lawsuit should be directed toward the student that brought the gun to school he is the one RESPONSIBLE for the incident. This is really mis-directed anger.

    1. Josh says:

      YES, the student who brought the gun should be held responsible, but the school should also share blame because they FAILED to due their job. The school has security in hand to search students every day… security FAILED to search kids that day.

  9. CA562DUDE says:

    How is this a BOGUS Lawsuit!!!!! I would sue too, If this happen at an Airport, where somebody got a gun on a Plane and it went off too.. people would sue the TSA / Airports etc… so how is this any differance ????

  10. RosyTheRiveter says:

    I went to manual arts high school in South LA back in 2000 and yes this school had metal detectors BUT only in the main entrance. I never went in thru the main entrance as there were many other ports of entry inside the school which did not have the metal detectors. One time there was a fight with someone bringing in a knife and im almost POSITIVE that they entered thru one of the many other port of entries. Schools are broke i guess. Anyways, these people need to educate their GHETTO UNIFIED kids and set them straight!! Yeah i said it, Ghetto kids. You know who they are.

  11. nonsense says:

    To NeNe.. What is ure point about being white, what difference does it make? White kid, black kid shot, or mexican kid shot an idiot kid was playing with a gun. These are idiot parents who are looking for cash. Makes as much sense as the LAUSD cop who got shot last week to sue the school for unsafety. Our weak society has created this our future generation will be weak and helpless.

  12. apismoclam says:

    If he was “locked in the room,” how was he able to unlock the door, from the inside, for the paramedics?

  13. Gerry says:

    Beautiful boy! Thank God he survived.

  14. kristen says:

    dang thats awesome he survived lucky him

  15. Joel Lanuza says:

    One more thing the law suit claims the paramedicts didnt see the boy till 40 minutes later. If LAPD didnt give the clear for paramedics to go on campus there not going to go in. They dont know if there was a gun man on the campus. Once they determine that is safe to go in they will go in.

  16. Josh Butts says:

    Don’t forget that the kid was left in the nurses office for more then 30 minutes all alone. He was worried, scared and didn’t know what to do. Someone should have been there to sit with him until help arrived but no one stayed. I don’t think they could sue over that but it’s just fuel to the anger. If you got shot I don’t think you would want to be left alone until help arrived half an hour later.

  17. Mike says:

    if anyone should sue it should be the parents of the girl who was shot,and is still in critical condition,and i think the school administor might get fired because of his admission.

  18. jepende20 says:

    His survival should be payment enough. The family needs to focus on the boy being alive, rather than trying to take advantage of a horrible situation.

  19. chris says:

    Who is going to pay for his medical recovery? Where should that money come from for all you morons and racists out there.. Please answer that simple question.. Who should pay for this American chilld’s medical care??

  20. Safe Environments for Kids says:

    It is the job of the school to provide a safe environment. They failed. Negligence and Injury lawsuits are not the cause of financial problems in the districts. Schools maintain hazard insurance, to deal with these types of claims. The money won’t come from the education fund. If your kid were shot at school, you’d do exactly what these people are doing, or YOU’D be derelict in your duty to stand up for your kid’s right to an educational experience that does not include getting shot at school.

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