Kids' Stupidity Gives Rise to Expensive Lawsuits

#Education

Sun, Sep 5th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Elementary school playgrounds in one West Virginia county are losing their swing sets since the costs of maintaining a safe surface in order to prevent lawsuits over injuries is too expensive. Cabell County schools safety manager Tim Stewart says a lawsuit in the past year involved a youngster who broke his arm jumping off a swing like Superman. It was settled for $20,000.

It might not be just swings that could need removal, but shop classes as well. Reportedly, the parents of a New Hampshire high school student are suing his teacher, the school district and the city of Dover when he shocked himself so severely in shop class that his heart stopped beating. The parents are upset because the teacher did not warn the pupil of the dangers of attaching electrical clamps to his nipples and then plugging in the cord.

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