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Board Members' Liability

School board liable for student's injuries, court finds.

Key point. Officers and directors of nonprofit organizations may be legally responsible for injuries that occur on church premises due to dangerous conditions that are known to the officers and directors.

A Louisiana court ruled that school board members were personally liable for injuries suffered by a minor when a wall fell on him. A 200—pound 14—year—old high school freshman entered a boys' locker room after his team won a volleyball game during physical education class. In his excitement, he pulled himself up on a free standing cinder block partition wall that served to restrict the view of outsiders into the locker room. The first four rows of cinder blocks gave way and one of them landed on the boy's foot, fracturing it. As a result of this injury, the boy wore a cast for 3 months and missed several weeks of school. This caused him to fail his ninth grade year. ...

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  • September 1, 1996

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