Lawsuit filed in Taft classroom shooting

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Leah Cleveland, mother of Taft school shooting victim Bowe Cleveland, and her attorney Daniel Rodriguez say Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, that they are filing a tort claim against the Taft Union High School District, seeking information the district claims is confidential and protected. Rodriguez followed that up Tuesday, April 30, 2013, with a lawsuit, after the district failed to respond to the tort claim.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The attorney representing a Taft student wounded in a classroom shooting has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

Attorney Daniel Rodriguez filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Taft Union High School District, seeking information the district claims is confidential and protected. The district failed to respond to a tort claim filed in January, so this is the next legal step.

Bryan Oliver, 16, is accused of hauling a shotgun into a Taft Union High School science class Jan. 10 and shooting 16-year-old classmate Bowe Cleveland. Rodriguez is representing Cleveland's family.

Cleveland was shot in the chest, and his attorney said Tuesday that the family faces enormous medical expenses.

"The ambulance ride on the helicopter alone is probably $10- to $15,000," Rodriguez said. "Bowe's going to need future medical care, for the rest of his life."

Rodriguez said he expects to go to trial in summer 2014.

Meanwhile, Oliver is jailed on suspicion of five felony counts of attempted murder and assault with a firearm.