HOUSTON – Texas Southern University faces legal action over
a pair of on-campus shooting incidents last year, recent Harris County District
Court records show.
Patrice Newsome is suing over the Aug. 25, 2015 death of
Lakeytrick Quinn while Jordan Schott filed a lawsuit in response to getting
shot on Oct. 6, 2015.
Both lawsuits state that TSU’s police officers wrote a letter to then-president John Rudley about campus safety and security on Aug. 21, 2014. Per the
complaints, Rudley dismissed the officers’ concerns and denied requests for
better training and equipment.
The suits accuse the historically black university in
Houston’s Third Ward of not acting in response to a potential risk of harm.
Consequently, each complainant seeks unspecified monetary
damages and a jury trial. Newsome asserts a survival claim on behalf of the
Attorneys Joseph R. Little of The Little Law Firm in Houston
and Taft L. Foley, II of The Foley Law Firm, also in Houston, are representing
Newsome’s lawsuit: Harris County 189th District Court Case
Schott’s lawsuit: Harris County 151st District Court Case