Parents sue Anne Arundel schools
The family of a 14-year-old Crofton boy killed in a gang-related dispute last May filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and others Tuesday, contending that school officials knew the youth faced violent threats and failed to protect him, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Jennifer Adkins and David Jones, the parents of Christopher David Jones, are also seeking $10 million from the parents of two teens who struck Christopher while he was bicycling near home and the parents of three juveniles and an 18-year-old who the lawsuit says egged them on.
The attorney for Christopher's family, Richard L. Jaklitsch, said the goal of the lawsuit filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is to hold people accountable. It reveals the names of the youths who were not charged, the Sun reports.
Bob Mosier, a spokesman for the school system, declined to comment. The other defendants are the parents of Javel George and Trey Robinson, the youths who struck Christopher; the parents of Deonte Murphy, Jay Battle and Danyal Bakhsh; and 18-year-old Eric Ali, all of Crofton. Neither they nor their lawyers could be reached for comment.
The lawsuit seeks $200,000 from the public school system, the maximum allowed under state law. Jaklitsch said Adkins and Jones believe that the school system "dropped the ball, they did nothing," and that the justice system was too lenient in dealing with the youths.
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| April 14, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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