The mother of Todd Brown, a 14 year old middle school student who was shot and killed at school Feb. 5, 2010, has filed a lawsuit against the young man's accused shooter, the shooter's parents and various school officials. The complaint was filed earlier this month in the Madison County Circuit Court by the family's attorney, Birmingham attorney Erik Heninger.
At the time of the shooting, Todd was a student at discovery Middle School, in Madison County, Alabama. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Towanda Moore, Todd's mother, seeks unspecified damages against the Madison County Board of Education, Madison Superintendent Dee Fowler, Hammad Memon, who has been charged with Brown's murder, Memon's parents, Iqbal and Safia Memon, and other unnamed defendants. The lawsuit also names current Discovery Middle School Principal Robbie Smith. Even though Smith was serving at another Madison school at the time of the shooting, the complaint filed my Todd's mother alleges that Smith's negligent actions lead to Todd's wrongful death. Sharon Willis, who is now the at-risk coordinator for Madison City Schools, was the Discovery principal at the time of the shooting.
The lawsuit alleges that school officials and Memon's parents knew he was a discipline problem and emotionally troubled. The lawsuit alleges that system officials were negligent in allowing Memon to make an out-of-zone transfer from Liberty Middle School to Discovery Middle School. The suit contends there are "several student accounts of Memon bringing a gun to Discovery Middle School campus several times prior to the gunning down of Todd Brown."
According to AL.com, Memon was also 14 at the time of Brown's shooting, now faces a murder charge and is scheduled to go on trial as an adult on June 18. Memon is being defended by attorney Bruce Gardner in the criminal case. Gardner said he will not be handling the civil case and does not know who the family will retain because he has not talked with them since the lawsuit was filed. Gardner did say he would expect the civil attorney to "not allow depositions to go forward until the criminal case is over."