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NC principal gets workers' comp after shooting

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LUMBERTON, NC (AP) - A North Carolina middle school principal who blames his shooting on his fight against gangs will receive workers' compensation for his injuries.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Tuesday that a state Industrial Commission official ruled in favor of former Robeson County principal James Hunt. Deputy commissioner Phillip Baddour III says it was more likely than not that the shooting was connected to Hunt's anti-gang efforts.

School system lawyers had argued that taxpayers shouldn't have to pay compensation because the shooting happened while Hunt was away from school property and on his way to Fairmont Middle School.

The former Marine was hit by a shotgun blast in April 2009 by someone who pulled alongside his SUV.
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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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