For most, school is a place to learn and expand the mind. It can also be a place to become educated about life skills and items that may have a greater impact on a young person’s life. It is not typically a place that a parent sends their child to every morning with the thought that they may not ever see them again. Unfortunately, however, this is the reality for one Texas family who filed a wrongful death claim after losing their son.
A mother sent her teenage boy to school and later that day received a phone call stating that there had been an accident. Her son was killed in an ATV accident while at his agriculture teacher’s property 30 miles away from the school. The teacher had signed the children out of school without parental consent, and the mother was allegedly not even aware that her child was not on school grounds.
The students were taken to the teacher’s ranch apparently to clean the pigs that would be in the upcoming county fair. The two boys who were involved in the ATV accident were allegedly returning from fixing a fence when they lost control and crashed. One boy was injured, and the other died at the scene.
For the family of the boy who was killed, getting the phone call that their child was killed in an ATV accident that occurred off school property must have been devastating. They, in turn, initiated the wrongful death claim against the teacher who was the property owner, the principal of the school who allowed the students to leave without consent from the parents and the local Texas school district. The outcome of the claim may provide the boy’s family with some justice and possibly reimbursement for their loss, but, sadly, it will never bring their child home.
Source: theeagle.com, Wrongful death lawsuit filed in ATV crash that killed Hearne teen, Caitlin Perrone, Dec. 15, 2013