The parents of a 12-year-old Texas girl, who suffered a severe rope burn on her neck during an overnight school field trip, filed a lawsuit Monday against Live Oak Classical School.
According to the Huffington Post, Sandy Rougely and Kevin Parker are seeking $3 million in damages to cover the cost of medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment, loss of use, and enjoyment of life of their daughter.
The family’s lawyer, Levi G. McCathern, told the website in a statement: “When we began to dig deeper into what happened, we were shocked at the utter failure in how Live Oak handled this situation after the injury occurred. Their tone-deaf approach reflects an attitude that our client’s injury was not worth investigating, or even informing her mother about.”
“It was evident from our initial assessment that this case is not one of mere negligent supervision, but of a systematic and organizational failure in leadership by those in charge of the Live Oak Classical School,” the lawyer concluded.
In addition, the lawsuit claims the incident was not an accident, citing that none of the students helped the girl, who is being referred to as K.P., nor did the school’s dean look into the incident or notify the student’s mother about the injury, the website noted.
As HelloBeautiful previously reported, on April 28 the children were playing with a rope swing attached to a tree and when it was her turn, she became tangled in the rope, which she believes was due to the students who were “helping” her swing. She claims none of the students came to her aid when she fell to the ground with pieces of the rope stuck in her neck.
“It looked like somebody had ripped her neck apart and stitched it back together,” Sandy said in an interview. The mother also claimed she first found out about the incident when she went to pick up K.P. from the school trip – a full day later.
The school maintains that the student’s injuries were not a result of bullying.
SOURCE: The Huffington Post, YouTube | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty