Manners' mother let down by justice system

After one mistrial, and a second trial ending in a verdict of not guilty in the death of Toronto schoolboy Jordan Manners, Lorraine Small says justice did not serve her son.

Lorraine Small disappointed by not guilty verdict in son's death

After one mistrial, and a second trial ending in a verdict of not guilty in the death of Toronto schoolboy Jordan Manners, Lorraine Small says justice did not serve her son.

Jordan Manners, 15, was shot dead at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate in May 2007. His mother feels her son has died in vain following a not guilty verdict for the two men accused in his death. ((CBC))

"The system failed me," she told CBC News Friday. "The system failed me."

Manners, a 15-year-old Grade 9 student, was shot in the chest at his Toronto high school almost four years ago.

Two men known only as C.D. and J.W. were charged with first-degree murder in the death — the city's first fatal school shooting. But the two men accused of first-degree murder were found not guilty Thursday.

It was the second trial for the pair, who were 17 years old when Manners was killed and can't be identified. The first trial ended in a mistrial last year after four days of deliberations could not produce a unanimous verdict.

Since Manners' death in May 2007, Small has had trouble moving on with her life and the court's decision on Thursday has not made it any easier.

"I don't get through every day. I sit in my room … Come downstairs, sit there, watch his picture, talk to him," she said. "I come down every morning, say 'good morning' to him … turn on TV, open drapes, kiss his picture and we watch TV together …"

And despite a close-knit network of family and friends to support her, the hours she spends alone are the most unbearable.

"At the end of the day they can't be with me … at night when I'm by myself," she said. "Memories come back hoping that he'll come through the door and call to me."