A teenager who was shot by a fellow student at Seminole High School in January has filed a lawsuit against the school board, alleging administrators negligently ignored earlier threats by the shooter and failed to notify the victim’s mother about the danger.
Jhavon McIntyre, who was 17 at the time, was shot several times on the school’s campus Jan. 19. Now 18, he is currently attending college, according to the lawsuit filed against the Seminole County School Board this month.
The suit alleges that a principal at Seminole High “saw and heard” McIntyre’s 16-year-old attacker threaten to shoot him near the school’s bus lot on Jan. 12. The younger student also reached into his bag while making the threats, implying a weapon, the suit says.
The 16-year-old made additional threats Jan. 14, the suit says, in the presence of classmates, staff and administrators, telling McIntyre something to the effect of, “If you walk up on me, I’m going to shoot you.”
According to the lawsuit, prior to the shooting, school resource officers brought McIntyre into their office and asked if the other student “actually had a gun.” When McIntyre said he wasn’t sure, they “simply sent him back to class,” the suit alleges.
McIntyre’s mother was also never notified of the threat, the suit says.
The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $30,000. It was filed Nov. 8. Katherine Crnkovich, a spokesperson for Seminole County Public Schools, on Tuesday said the district has “not received a lawsuit at this time.”
According to his suit, McIntyre suffered a wrist fracture, nerve damage, restricted motion in his wounded extremities and psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress syndrome.
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The 16-year-old alleged shooter was arrested on charges including attempted first-degree murder, possessing a weapon on school property, firing a gun on school property and interfering with school administration.
The Orlando Sentinel is not naming him due to his age.
According to police, the suspect shot McIntyre in what is called the Tomahawk building. SPD Chief Cecil Smith told reporters at the time that bullet casings were found near the building and a gun was found in bushes near the school’s tennis courts.
According to an arrest report, the suspect told police he and McIntyre “had an issue” about a week prior to the shooting, with McIntyre accusing the suspect of mocking a dead relative.
The suspect allegedly said McIntyre had taunted him.
After the shooting, the suspect fled but was arrested on Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, about two miles from the campus, police said.