A former English High School dean alleged to have been running a drug ring pleaded not guilty Wednesday to shooting a student in the head. Prosecutors say Shaun Harrison, 55, tried to execute a 17-year-old whose pot sales had been lagging.
Harrison, most recently dean of students at English, worked at several Boston Public Schools since 2010, according to the Globe.
The attempted murder charge led Mayor Marty Walsh to probe Harrison’s job history with the schools. That review found that though established protocols were followed with him, tougher standards need to be put in place.
Harrison pleaded not guilty not only to the attempted murder charge, but also to gun and drug charges, according to the Globe. A judge imposed $400,000 bond on Harrison as he awaits trial, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
The 17-year-old, whom prosecutors say Harrison shot while the two were on a Roxbury sidewalk, survived his wounds.
Harrison uses the title “Reverend,” though it isn’t clear where he may have received ordination.
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