Mom of LA school shooting victim hires lawyers

The mother of a 15-year-old boy shot through the neck at a Gardena 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 in the backpack a 17-year-old student brought to 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.

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