A 13-year-old New Jersey girl injured her ankle during a touch game of football in gym class, and now her parents are suing the teacher, the school and the town over what the family's attorney calls "negligence."
According to The Star-Ledger, Kathy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against the township of Parsippany, N.J., Brooklawn Middle School and gym teacher Lauren Satch after Morgan's 13-year-old daughter suffered a "shattered ankle" during a game of touch football on a "wet and slippery" field this past October.
The seventh grader underwent surgery to repair her left ankle. The family's attorney, Christopher Musmanno, told the paper that his young client will never have full flexibility in her left ankle, may forever walk with a limp and "won't be able to run or do any other physical thing for the rest of her life."
(Probably don't want to mention that to quadruple amputee Jorge Dyksen, who starts for Manchester Township's junior varsity soccer team — in, you guessed it, New Jersey.)
The lawsuit claims Satch should have known better than to have teens playing on damp grass that hadn't been cut for a few days. The teacher had overseen touch football games for two and a half weeks, presumably without incident, but multiple students allegedly sustained minor injuries this wet morning.
As painful as this surely was for the young girl, should the Morgans win this lawsuit, it could open up the floodgates for similar litigation elswewhere, since gym class injuries aren't exactly a rare occurrence.
(h/t USA Today)