Student wounded in attack at UCLA sues University of California system

Dec. 9, 2010
Pre-med student was badly wounded after being stabbed in a university lab by a fellow student.

From The Los Angeles Times: A mentally ill man's knife attack last year on a fellow UCLA student in a campus chemistry lab is at the center of a legal dispute over a university's responsibility to protect its students from such violence.

The victim of the October 2009 throat slashing and stabbing is suing her assailant and the University of California system, contending that school officials and faculty did not respond properly to warnings about his potentially violent behavior. University officials have denied any liability in the unprovoked attack, which left Katherine Rosen badly wounded and hospitalized for 10 days.

Damon Thompson admitted to the stabbing, but was determined by a judge to be not guilty by reason of insanity and is now in a psychiatric hospital.

OCTOBER 2009...from The Los Angeles Times: The recent arrest of a UCLA student in the brutal stabbing of a classmate in a campus chemistry lab has again focused attention on the mental health of troubled college students.

Damon Thompson, 20, a UCLA student, allegedly slashed the throat of a 20-year-old female student in a lab Oct. 8. The woman was hospitalized for 10 days. Thompson had no previous criminal record or complaints against him, but faculty and students have said that he had exhibited erratic and perhaps delusional behavior in the past.

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