8th Grader Awarded Over $2 Million for School's Negligent Supervision
Posted on Aug 20, 2013
In a story that was reported on August 15, a 23 year-old South African man was awarded 23 million Rand, which translates into roughly $2.2 million nearly 10 years after fracturing his skull and suffering a traumatic brain injury while at school. (Apparently, the South African justice system also takes its time for the cases to wind their way through the trial and appellate processes.)
From the report, the plaintiff claimed that the school failed to discharge properly its responsibiilty to supervise the then 8th graders, who were engaged in a game of throwing the younger students in the air and trying to catch them in cricket nets.
Imagining that scene, I can't help but think that this "game" might have had an element of hazing or bullying; even granting these older kids the benefit of the doubt, and scrubbing any malicious intent from this game, it still sounds like an unsafe activity, to say the least.
In any event, as a direct result of his injuries, the plaintiff was confined to the hospital's intenstive care unit for well over one month, spending 45 days on a ventilator.