Nearly $6,000 had been raised as of Tuesday afternoon on a GoFundMe page established for a young boy who was shot in the head when a gun discharged inside a Salvador Castro Middle School classroom.
The Bullet Is Still Lodged In His Head
Former Castro Middle School teacher Bridgette Robinson established the page on behalf of the student, Issa Al-Bayati, and his family to help raise funds for his medical care and basic necessities. Robinson wrote on the page that Issa is one of her former students.
According to Robinson, the bullet that struck the boy is still lodged in his temple, “and he will require another surgery and months of treatment.”
Two Students Injured
The boy was one of two students injured when the gun went off Feb. 1 inside a classroom at the school in the Westlake district. The other injured student, a girl, was shot in her right wrist. Investigators said the bullet traveled through the girl’s wrist then struck Issa in the head.
Fire officials said after the shooting the wounded boy was 15 years old, but Robinson wrote that Issa is 12.
12-Year-Old Girl Arrested And Charged
A 12-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly bringing the gun to campus. Police said the weapon discharged accidentally while it was inside her backpack. The girl was charged in juvenile court with felony charges of being a minor in possession of a firearm and having a weapon on school grounds.
According to Robinson, Issa came to the United States from Iraq four years ago with his mother and brother, after his father was “assassinated during a time of great instability in his country.”
Dizziness, Impaired Vision, Problems Walking, Pain And Numbness
Although Issa has been released from the hospital, he “suffers from frequent bouts of dizziness, impaired vision, problems walking and pain and numbness in his face. He will need ongoing counseling to deal with the trauma he has experienced, as will his mother and younger brother.”
Robinson said Issa’s mother, Maha Al-Sadoon, earns only $700 a month, plus food stamps, while she is taking computer and office-technology classes at Los Angeles City College.
“I Am Asking That This Community Come Together”
“No child should ever have to experience the type of loss and violence that Issa has experienced in his short life,” Robinson wrote. “I am asking that this community come together to support this family and restore their faith in humanity and in the dream of America.”
The fundraising page is at www.gofundme.com/school-shooting-victim- needs-you.