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Family of Slain Student Files Claim Against School District

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The family of Melody Ross, the popular 16-year-old honors student and athlete who was fatally shot by gangmembers while attending her high school Homecoming last October, has filed a claim both against the Long Beach Unified School District and the city, reports "The cliam at least in part holds the school district accountable on the grounds that 'respondent [LBUSD] failed to provide adequate security precautions for the large-scale event,'" said the local news blog. The district has rejected the claim and lawyers will next file a lawsuit. A similar claim was filed against the city for, in part, “allowing the Long Beach Police Department to abandon its assignment at the game.”