A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the University of Southern California over its claims of campus safety.
The suit had been brought by the parents of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, two electrical engineering graduate students from China who were gunned down in an off-campus neighborhood last April during what police believe is was a botched robbery.
The shootings shook the USC student body and generated discussion over safety in and around the South L.A. campus.
The parents filed a lawsuit that claimed the USC website misled the students by touting the school’s safety and security measures, including off-campus security guards.
But Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson ruled the suit was factually insufficient.
He said that although the university’s reputation played a role in the students’ decision to attend USC, that reputation is not what killed them.
It was the second time Johnson ruled in favor of the university. His earlier ruling allowed the plantiffs to amend their suit for reconsideration.
The parents' attorney Alan Burton Newman said his clients would have dropped the lawsuit had USC removed the safety claim off its website.
"We are not doing it just for the money but for the other students from China,” said Newman.
Attorney Debra Wong Yang, representing the University of Southern California, said the campus is safe.
“I have great sympathy for the family,” said Yang. “As tragic as it is, there is a criminal court proceeding that is supposed to happen that will bring (the alleged killers) to justice.”
Bryan Barnes and Javier Bolden await criminal trial in jail for the fatal shootings. The trial is scheduled for this spring.
The parents did not attend Friday's hearing. Newman said they plan to appeal the suit's dismissal.