- A federal judge has ordered Sean Harrison, 58, to pay more than $10 million to a child who was shot in the head.
- Harrison was a beloved dean at a high school in Boston.
- But he also belonged to a gang and recruited students to trade drugs for him.
A federal judge on Friday ordered a former dean of a Boston school to pay more than $10 million in damages to a former student who was shot.
Sean Harrison, the former dean of the English High School, was convicted in 2018 of assault after shooting a 17-year-old in the back of the head.
He had recruited the teen to help him distribute marijuana around the school, Associated Press mentioned in time. But then the two got into an argument, and Harrison shot him in 2015. The teen received hospital treatment and told police that it was Harrison who shot him.
17-year-old Luis Rodriguez is paralyzed from a bullet wound and has hearing problems, as well as facial neuropathy, a condition that causes severe bouts of pain on the face. mentioned. Rodriguez has also developed an addiction to opioids as he takes prescription pills to deal with the intense pain from the bullet still lodged inside his head.
Harrison received a 26-year prison sentence in 2018. On Friday, he was instructed to pay $7.5 million in compensation for emotional pain and distress, as well as $2.5 million in punitive damages. The Associated Press reported that he also had to pay $80,000 to cover the teen’s medical costs.
The trial leading up to his conviction revealed that Harrison, 58, had led a double life. He was beloved by the students, who affectionately called him “the Reverend,” according to the Associated Press. He served as a student advisor and youth minister.
The Associated Press reported that he served as a member of the Latin Kings’ Gang. In this role, he got students at the high school he once worked for selling marijuana to other kids.
“The ruling against Mr. Harrison as an individual will ensure that he will never be able to profit from any endeavors when he is released from prison, including selling the rights to this story to publish,” Rodriguez’s attorney, John Martin, told the Associated Press.