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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 2
A North Carolina court ruled that the parents of a 12-year-old boy were not liable for injuries the youth director sustained.
Key point 10-09.1. Some courts have found churches liable on the basis of negligent supervision for a worker's acts of child molestation on the ground that the church failed to exercise reasonable care in the supervision of the victim or of its own programs and activities.
Negligence as a Basis for Liability

A North Carolina court ruled that the parents of a 12-year-old boy who negligently collided with a church's youth director while skiing were not liable for injuries the youth director sustained.

A youth group from a Florida church went on a skiing trip to West Virginia. At the same time, a youth group from a North Carolina church was on a trip to the same ski resort. A 12-year-old boy (Nathaniel) with the North Carolina group had no previous skiing experience. Upon arriving at the ski slope, Nathaniel and a friend went skiing on a beginner slope. An experienced adult skier from the North Carolina church supervised the two boys. Later that day, an adult supervisor (Linda) of the Florida youth group was instructing an inexperienced teenage skier how to ski on the beginner slope. After Linda and the young skier reached the bottom of the beginners' slope, she gave the young lady the "thumbs up" sign indicating she had done a good job. As she was finishing the motion, Nathaniel skied into her from behind. Linda had not seen him coming.

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Posted: March 1, 2006

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