Why was this case filed in Compton?
Although trauma is widespread and affects children in all communities,[i] complex trauma is particularly ubiquitous among Compton schoolchildren like Student Plaintiffs.
Compton is among the most socioeconomically distressed cities in Southern California, and it experiences attendant high rates of violent crime:
Compton's poverty rate is twice the national average and its murder rate is five times the national average.
Violence, poverty, and discrimination are so pervasive that in any Compton classroom, the only reasonable expectation is that a significant number of students are likely suffering from complex trauma.
Indeed, the appropriate question in a Compton classroom is not “Have you ever experienced a traumatic event?”, but rather, “What traumatic events have you experienced? Thus, large numbers of Compton Unified students are likely to benefit from the trauma-sensitive approach sought by this class action.