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Shooting victim's family files civil suit against Madison school board

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Todd Brown was shot and killed at Discovery Middle School. Todd Brown was shot and killed at Discovery Middle School.

The family of shooting victim Todd Brown filed a civil lawsuit against several defendants Thursday morning.

Brown's mother named the shooting suspect, Hammad Memon, along with his parents and the Madison City Board of Education.

Brown's family claims that Madison City school leaders failed to protect their son from a student with a history of bad behavior.

Superintendent Dee Fowler is also named in the suit. The day the shooting happened Sharon Willis was principal at Discovery Middle School. The lawsuit however, does not name her, instead it names current principal Robbie Smith.

It's unknown if that was intentional or a mistake on the part of the Birmingham law firm hired by Towanda Moore, Todd Brown's mother.

The lawsuit states that Hammad Memon should not have been transferred to Discovery Middle School and that Dr. Fowler and Smith knew of his behavioral issues.

[Click here to read lawsuit (PDF)]

Memon is accused of shooting Brown during a class change in February of 2010. He was indicted for murder in July, 2011 and will be tried as an adult. His trial is expected to begin in June, 2012.

"We have become aware through media reports that a lawsuit has been filed against the City of Madison Board of Education, the Discovery Middle School principal and me arising out of the tragic shooting, which occurred at Discovery Middle School," said Dr. Dee Fowler in a statement. "The complaint has not been served on the named defendants. When served, the case will be referred to our legal counsel who we expect to present a vigorous defense on our behalf. In accordance with our long-standing policy against publicly discussing pending litigation we will have no further comment at this time."

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