Crime & Justice

Bullet still lodged in boy's head after Sal Castro school shooting, teacher says

In this file photo, mother Elizabeth Acevedo and her son Andres, 3, wait for news of her son Jose an eight-grader student at the Belmont High School in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Two students were shot and wounded, one critically, inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom, and police arrested a female student suspect, who has since been charged with two felonies.
In this file photo, mother Elizabeth Acevedo and her son Andres, 3, wait for news of her son Jose an eight-grader student at the Belmont High School in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Two students were shot and wounded, one critically, inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom, and police arrested a female student suspect, who has since been charged with two felonies.
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A former teacher says a 12-year-old boy shot in a Los Angeles classroom when a gun accidentally went off in a classmate's backpack still has a bullet lodged in his head.

Bridgette Robinson says in a post on a GoFundMe fundraising page that Issa Al-Bayati will require another surgery and months of treatment.

She says her former student is suffering from frequent bouts of dizziness and impaired vision and has problems walking.

Robinson, who taught at Sal Castro Middle School for four years, says Issa's "resiliency and spirit were amazing."

Los Angeles police said a single gunshot had been fired from inside a 12-year-old girl's backpack on Feb. 1. The bullet struck a 15-year-old girl in the wrist before it hit Issa in the temple.

The girl was charged with two felonies.