Boston English High School dean who shot student faces $10million judgment – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — A former dean of a Boston high school, affectionately nicknamed “Rev” by students, has been sentenced by a federal judge to pay more than 1,000 damages to a former student he convicted of attempted murder in a dispute $10 million paid over drug sales.

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 bills.

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

Harrison, who had a background as a community organizer and youth minister, was dean of academics, a job that court witnesses said required maintaining order and mentoring students.

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

Harrison denied the allegations, telling a Boston TV station he “never lived a double life.”

The victim recruited by Harrison to sell marijuana was 17 when he was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head on a snowy Boston street in March 2015.

The bullet narrowly missed the victim’s brainstem and carotid artery, but shattered his jaw. He’s had two surgeries, his jaw was wired for nine months, he remains paralyzed on half his face, suffers from facial neuropathy, hearing loss and needs weights on his eyelids to help open and close his eyes, according to court documents. He continues to suffer pain from the bullet lodged in his head and develops an addiction to opioids, which are prescribed for the pain.

The civil lawsuit filed by the victim in 2019 did not list an attorney for Harrison.

Whether the victim ever gets money from Harrison is unclear.

“Sentencing against Mr. Harrison as an individual will ensure that once he is released from prison he will never be able to benefit from any endeavor, including the sale of the rights to this story for publication,” plaintiffs’ attorney John Martin said in one Email Saturday.

The Boston Public Schools were also named as a defendant, but the judge dismissed claims against the system. That verdict will be appealed, Martin said.

“Boston Public Schools have had an absolute disregard for student safety and have been grossly negligent in allowing a predator to take a position of trust and authority at this school following multiple incidents that should have led to its termination,” he wrote.

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