A Belleville mother claims her son suffered "traumatic" head injuries when a tent at a school picnic collapsed.

Jacqueline Tunstall of Belleville filed a complaint as the mother and natural guardian of minor child Ryan Neal McKinzie Tunstall on May 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Belleville School District 118, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff’s child was in attendance at a school picnic on May 12, 2014, when a tent collapsed and a support pole struck him in the head. The plaintiff claims the boy sustained traumatic injuries to the left side of his head. The school is cited with negligence in supervising or erecting the tent.

Tunstall argues that as a direct and proximate result of the school district’s negligence, her son incurred past pain and suffering and is expected to experience future pain and suffering. The grievance also alleges past and future medical bills and disability.

The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and costs. She is represented by Michael McGlynn of McGlynn & McGlynn in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-286

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