Parents sue school, police for son's shooting death

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The parents of a 16-year-old student with Asperger's Syndrome who was killed by a school police officer at a Myrtle Beach high school are suing the school system, Horry County police and the officer.

In the lawsuit filed Friday, Tom and Karen Varinecz say officer Marcus Rhodes was not properly trained to deal with students with disabilities. They also claim the school did not inform them before severely cutting back supervision of their son as he attended classes.

Authorities say Trevor Varinecz attacked Rhodes with a bayonet in his office in October 2009 and was shot five times after a struggle. Rhodes suffered superficial injuries. Prosecutors ruled the shooting was justified.

Neither the school system, the police department nor a lawyer for Rhodes immediately returned messages seeking comment.

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