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School dean who shot student ordered to pay $10 million judgment

BOSTON– A former Boston high school dean known affectionately to students as ‘Rev’ has been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $10 million in damages to a former student he admitted guilty of attempting to kill in a dispute over the sale of drugs.

Friday’s default judgment against former English High School Dean Shaun Harrison includes $7.5 million in damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress; $2.5 million in punitive damages; and more than $80,000 for the victim’s medical expenses.

Harrison was convicted in state court in 2018 of assault and other charges, and sentenced to up to 26 years in prison.

Harrison, who was trained as a community organizer and youth minister, was dean of academics, a job that required keeping order and mentoring students, according to trial testimony.

But he was leading a double life, authorities said. He had ties to the violent Latin Kings gang, recruited college students to sell drugs to him, and kept a gun in his apartment.

Harrison denied the charges, telling a Boston television station that he “never lived a double life.”

The victim, who was recruited by Harrison to sell marijuana, was 17 when he was shot in the back of the neck at close range on a snowy Boston street in March 2015.

The bullet narrowly missed the victim’s brainstem and carotid artery, but shattered his jaw. He has had two surgeries, had his jaw locked for nine months, remains paralyzed in half of his face, has facial neuropathy, hearing loss and needs weight on his eyelids to help him open and close eyes, according to court documents. He continues to feel pain from the bullet that remains lodged in his head and has developed an addiction to prescribed opioids for pain.

No attorney has been listed for Harrison in the civil case filed by the victim in 2019.

It’s unclear if the victim will ever receive money from Harrison.

“The judgment against Mr. Harrison as an individual will ensure that he can never profit from any efforts when he is released from prison, including the sale of the rights to publish this story,” the statement said. plaintiff’s attorney, John Martin, in an email. Saturday.

Boston Public Schools was also named as defendants, but the judge dismissed claims against the system. That decision is under appeal, Martin said.

“Boston Public Schools showed complete disregard for student safety and gross negligence when they allowed a predator to hold a position of trust and authority at this school. after multiple incidents that should have resulted in his dismissal,” he wrote.

ABC News

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