By Meymo Lyons reports
The family of a 14-year-old boy killed in a gang-related dispute filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the parents of the teens who killed him and the school board in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, contending that school officials knew the the boy faced violent threats and failed to protect him.
Christopher Jones was riding his bike home in Crofton last May when he was surrounded by a group of teens and beaten to death.
Two teens were convicted of manslaughter in Jones' death. Each was sentenced to the custody of a juvenile detention center until he is rehabilitated or turns 21.
Christopher's family, through their attorney, blasted the sentences when they were handed down.
"The juvenile system [in this state] is not set up to give justice," arguing that the civil lawsuit now offers "the only possibility for justice to be done in the case."
The lawsuit is against the school board, the parents of the two teens who struck Jones and the parents of the three juveniles and one 18-year-old who the lawsuit says egged them on.
Police never charged the other four young men who approached Christopher. Prosecutor said they violated no criminal laws.