Par­ents of girl shot at In­di­ana school sue gun­man’s par­ents

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The par­ents of a 13-year-old girl who was shot seven times by a class­mate at a sub­ur­ban In­di­anapo­lis school are su­ing the young as­sailant’s par­ents, seek­ing dam­ages for their daugh­ter’s in­juries.

Ella Whistler‘s par­ents al­lege that neg­li­gence by the boy’s par­ents led to their daugh­ter suf­fer­ing life-al­ter­ing in­juries in the May 25 shoot­ing at Noblesville West Mid­dle School.

Sci­ence teacher Ja­son Sea­man ended the shoot­ing when he tack­led the youth in his class­room at the school about 20 miles north of In­di­anapo­lis. The for­mer col­lege foot­ball player was shot three times in the at­tack.

Ella Whistler was shot in the face, neck and up­per chest and one gun­shot se­verely dam­aged an artery in her right arm, and had to be re­placed. Whistler’s par­ents have said doc­tors be­lieve her arm may never fully re­cover, and that she can­not wash her hair, but­ton cloth­ing or play con­tact sports.

The fam­ily is seek­ing dam­ages in an amount that “will fairly com­pen­sate them for the losses and dam­ages they have and will con­tinue to sus­tain as a re­sult of De­fen­dants’ neg­li­gence, and all other just and proper re­lief.”

An at­tor­ney for the boy’s par­ents de­clined com­ment Thurs­day on the law­suit.

The boy ad­mit­ted to the at­tack dur­ing a ju­ve­nile court hear­ing last month.

The suit claims the boy’s par­ents “knew or should have known” that their son had an ob­ses­sion with firearms and vi­o­lence, suf­fered from mental and psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­or­ders, and “took plea­sure in vi­o­lence in oth­ers and lacked em­pa­thy.” It also con­tends the par­ents should have pre­vented the boy from hav­ing ac­cess to guns, am­mu­ni­tion and other weapons, and mon­i­tored his in­ter­net use.

Ella Whistler

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