IamA John Bowman - Father of one of the youngest school shooting victims - Amina Kocer-Bowman. AMA!
On February 22, 2012 my daughter, Amina, was shot when a classmate reached into his backpack (that contained a .45 caliber handgun stolen from his biological mother's boyfriend) to show another student the weapon. The student told authorities that he brought the gun to protect himself from bullies (he was suspended from school the previous week for fighting).
Amina suffered life threatening injuries requiring 5 surgeries. Injuries include a severed inferior vena cava (the vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the upper half of the body to the heart's right atrium), she also had her spleen removed, damage to her liver and small intestine, a fractured elbow which has a titanium plate (this is where the bullet entered, and likely saved her life). The bullet remains lodged in her back, just millimeters away from her spine. She spend 6 weeks in the ICU and was on a feeding tube for about 3 weeks.
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I will try to answer all questions as they come.. I have nothing to hide.
Edit: Well It's 3:30 am here and I'm pretty sure more questions will pop-up. I'll be back to answer them as they come. Thanks for listening to my story!
Edit2: Random interweb stranger .. thank you for the gold!
Edit3: going to call it quits for the night.. if i haven't answered your question yet, I will in the morning.
Edit 4: Back to answer a last round of questions. I'm just going to touch on the ones that haven't been answered or discussed.
Thank you all for your time and letting me tell my story!