Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Gardena High School
"He's a very smart kid and very athletic," Clarence Tolton said. The boy played quarterback and running back on Tolton's South Bay Packer pee-wee football team from ages 9 through 14.
"I still check on him," Tolton said. "And he stops by my house to visit. He's a great young man."
Tolton said recently he had been trying to help the boy transfer to Narbonne High School in Culver City, where Tolton knows the football coach.
"He's not shy at all," he said. "He's a jokester."
Tolton found out about his former player's injuries from his daughter, who graduated from Gardena High several years ago.
Doctors said a single bullet went through the boy's neck before hitting a female student in the head. The boy's injuries were not life threatening. The girl remains in critical condition. Both are at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.