Lawyer: State to blame for police shooting of teen

Published On: Jan 31 2014 01:28:02 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 31 2014 01:36:46 PM HST

The lawyer representing a 17-year-old teen shot in the wrist by police at Roosevelt High School blames the shooting on the state Education Department for failing to give the boy the psychiatric support he needed.

Education law attorney Eric Seitz says he's working to ensure the statewide school district provides the teen a 24-hour treatment program on the U.S. mainland.  The department declined to comment.

Seitz said Friday the teen's diagnosis includes schizophrenia and psychosis.  The Associated Press isn't identifying him because of his age.

Police say officers fired at him when he slashed one officer with a knife and punched two others.

Seitz acknowledges the officers were confronted with a dangerous situation after the teen showed up at Roosevelt to register for classes.

Police say the teen was an outstanding runaway.

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