Students of teacher wounded in LAX shooting protest gun violence
Four days after Calabasas High School teacher Brian Ludmer was wounded in the Los Angeles International Airport shooting rampage, students walked out of classes to protest gun violence.
He was shot in the leg during Friday’s shooting but is in good condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, officials said.
“We know he’s going through a lot and needs a lot of donations because his medical bills are really rising quickly,” Calabasas High student Sam Kaufman told KTLA-TV.
Describing his reaction to news of the shooting, Kaufman said: “It was really scary because how much more close to home could it get? It felt really personal.”
At 12:19 p.m. Tuesday, students gathered on the campus quad and chanted, “We love Ludmer!”
The 29-year-old teacher was on his way to a friend’s wedding Friday morning when accused gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, allegedly shot him in the leg, authorities said.
Ludmer managed to crawl to a closet and make a tourniquet before first responders reached him.
“He said he thought he was going to die,” said CJ Foss, the school’s principal. “He heard what he thought were police officers looking for the shooter.”
An online fundraiser has been established for Ludmer. Donations can be made at YouCaring.com.
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