LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 12-year-old Los Angeles boy wounded two weeks ago when a gun in a classmate’s backpack accidentally fired still has the bullet lodged in his head, his former teacher said Tuesday.
Issa Al-Bayati suffers bouts of dizziness, has trouble walking and vision problems. He will require another surgery and months of treatment, Bridgette Robinson wrote in a post on a GoFundMe fundraising page for the boy.
The former teacher recently visited the one-bedroom apartment where the Al-Bayati family lives. She said she was struck by the boy’s resiliency and spirit after the shooting.
“When I first learned it was Issa who was shot in the head, I was horrified and saddened,” Robinson wrote. “How could this happen to such a lovely, compassionate boy, who had already experienced so much loss in his life.”