The guardian of a 13-year-old middle school student who lost two fingers in shop class in 2008 is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District for negligence after a the plaintiff rejected a settlement offer, according to his attorneys.
The incident at Paul Revere Middle School in Brentwood happened as the class teacher, identified only as Mr. Schone, was allegedly “in his office selling candy to another student to raise money for his daughter's college fund,” according to a statement from the attorneys.
According to the statement:
13-year-old Anwar Stetson was operating a jointer in a woodworking class at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Los Angeles on January 30, 2008. While operating the jointer — a power tool equipped with a rotating cutter that straightens the edge of a board — Anwar amputated portions of two fingers on his left hand. As a result of his injuries, Anwar sustained severe mental, physical and emotional pain and suffering, disfigurement, permanent disability and physical impairment.
“Mr. Schone, as an employee of LAUSD, negligently, carelessly and recklessly failed to exercise due care in the performance of his duties to protect and provide safety for his students,” said attorney Brian Chase
The cost of a prosthetic device, which would have to be replaced multiple times, was said to be $200,000. But the damages sought were not disclosed. The case goes to Superior Court in Santa Monica Tuesday.