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Former dean at Boston high school ordered to pay $10 million in damages to student he shot in 2015

Aug. 9, 2022
Shaun Harrison had already been convicted of attempted murder for shooting a 17-year-old student in a drug deal gone wrong.

The former dean at English High School in Boston has been ordered to pay nearly $10 million in damages to a 17-year-old student he shot in 2015. 

Shaun Harrison already had been sentenced to serve 26 years in prison for shooting Luis Angel Rodriguez, reports the Boston Herald

At the high school, Harrison was a self-professed anti-violence advocate known by students as “Rev” for a pastor-like demeanor.

U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin said the $10 million judgment in the civil suit includes $7.5 million for Rodriguez’s “physical pain and suffering and emotional distress," $80,875 for medical bills, and $2.5 million in punitive damages.

NBC10 Boston reports that it is unclear whether the victim will ever get any money from Harrison.

“The judgment against Mr. Harrison as an individual will ensure that he is never able to profit from any endeavors when he is released from prison, including selling the rights to this story for publication,” said Rodriguez's attorney, John Martin.

Harrison was convicted of attempted murder in May 2018 and sentenced to 26 years in prison. 

The Boston school district had been named as a defendant in the civil suit, but the judge dismissed claims against the system.

ABC News reports that the victim, who had been recruited by Harrison to sell marijuana, was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range on a Boston street in March 2015.

The bullet shattered Rodriguez's jaw, and he remains paralyzed on half of his face. He suffers from facial neuropathy, hearing loss, and requires weights on his eyelids to help with opening and shutting his eyes, according to court documents.

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