Family sues school for 700K over heavy door

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By Natasha LaFayette

By NATASHA LAFAYETTE Natasha@lafollettepress.com  

Joshua and Alicia Harding, the parents of a minor child, have filed a lawsuit against the Campbell County Board of Education for an alleged negligent act on its behalf, court records report.

According to Campbell County Circuit Court records, the Hardings are seeking damages in the amount of $700,000 for injuries their son allegedly sustained while opening a heavy door at Caryville Elementary.

The incident allegedly happened on Sept. 10. The parents of the boy explain in the filing their child was under the guidance, control and direction of the Campbell County Board of Education while attending classes at Caryville Elementary.

The suit claims the Campbell County Board of Education negligently and/or recklessly allowed the minor to open a heavy cafeteria entrance door.

The act allegedly caused the door to shut on the boy’s right ring finger, claims the family in the suit.

The suit further states the door caused serious and permanent injuries to the finger.

Furthermore, the complaint filed by the Hardings’ said the Campbell County Board of Education was negligent in failing to provide adequate supervision for the boy.

It continues to allege the employees of the school were negligent and /or reckless for requiring the minor to open and hold the heavy cafeteria door on his own.

In the final point, the suit again outlines that the boy sustained serious and permanent injuries. But added to the effects of the incident were “great pain and mental anguish.”

The Harding’s allege the negligence caused significant medical and hospital expenses.