fatal shooting

A former Eureka High School student was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon (June 1) in St. Louis, officials reported.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reported that Ethan Sandhu, 18, of Olivette was found dead inside a vehicle after officers were called about a shooting just before 3 p.m. at North 22nd and University streets in the St. Louis Place neighborhood.

As of today (June 4), police have not released more information about the shooting and a suspect has not been identified.

Sandhu left Eureka High School and moved out of the Rockwood School District after the 2018-2019 school year.

He filed a lawsuit against Rockwood on Sept. 14, 2020, claiming the district, a former principal and an associate principal mishandled his mental-health situation, discriminated against him because of his race and gender and violated district policy for punishment he received in 2018.

On Thursday (June 3), attorney Daniel J. Rhoads of the Rhoads Firm, who is representing Sandhu in the case, said he did not have a comment about the situation.

In a written statement on Thursday, Rockwood district officials said, “The Rockwood School District is shocked and saddened to learn about a former student’s passing. Our sincere thoughts and sympathies are with Ethan’s family and friends. District counselors are working with his former school community to ensure anyone struggling with grief receives the support that they need.”

In the lawsuit, Sandhu said Eureka High officials ignored his mental illness after he used an Instagram post to fake his suicide and unfairly punished him when a female student complained about his behavior.

Sandhu served an in-school suspension after a fellow student claimed he was harassing her. He eventually switched to primarily homebound classwork and was only allowed to return to campus for final exams under supervision, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks to correct Sandhu’s disciplinary record and to prevent other mentally ill minority students from receiving the same treatment he did. Sandhu’s father is an Indian-American and his mother is Caucasian, according to the lawsuit.

Rockwood officials would not comment on the allegations in the lawsuit. Court papers show the district and former Eureka High Principal Charles Crouther and assistant principal Ann Gilman, who were named in the case, denied the lawsuit’s claims and have asked a St. Louis County circuit judge to dismiss the lawsuit.