(PRWEB) November 26, 2012
A 13-year-old girl died after she was shot on a South Florida school bus. Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was riding to school with her younger sister when another student took a gun from his backpack and began showing it off. He fired it once and the bullet hit the teen, reported CBS News. It was not clear if the gun accidentally discharged or was fired on purpose. What is clear is that this terrible tragedy will affect the lives of these children and their families for as long as they live, said Miami injury lawyer Michael S. Steinger of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Firm.
"Nothing can be more heart-wrenching and life-altering for a parent than the death of a child. It is particularly difficult when the wrongful death is caused by something as quick and unexpected as a gun accident,” said Steinger.
Miami-Dade Police charged the 15-year-old shooter with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm in the death, reported CBS News.
Unfortunately, this was not a freak accident. According to a 2012 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 114 children and teens died as a result of unintentional firearm-related injuries in 2009. Some shot themselves, while others killed siblings or friends after discovering a gun.
Nearly 8% of the children of gun-owning Americans live in homes with an unlocked and loaded firearm, said the American Academy of Pediatrics report.
“Firearm-related deaths and injuries can be prevented when guns are stored safely away from children and teens. There are so many ways to protect firearms,” said Michael S. Steinger, a founding partner of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene. “When gun owners fall short in the most basic standards of safety, they should be held accountable.”
In this South Florida case, the owner of the gun has yet to be identified by the media. There were also no reports as to how the student got the gun.
If you or somebody you know is the victim of a gun accident, contact Steinger, Iscoe & Greene injury attorneys at 1-800-560-5059.
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