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Mother claims daughter was injured during an OTHS gym class game

By Molly English-Bowers | May 13, 2016

BELLEVILLE – The mother of a high school student is suing on her daughter's behalf over injuries she allegedly suffered during gym class.

Lynn Le, parent and next friend on behalf of Lindsey Le, filed the suit April 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Tami Hudson and O'Fallon Township School District.

On Jan. 22, Lindsey Le was in gym class with Hudson as the teacher, the suit says. The students were instructed to participate in a game wherein two students run toward a rope placed in the middle of the floor and attempt to grab it, according to the complaint.

Hudson allegedly told the students that the only rules were no pulling of hair or scratching, according to the claim. She also told the students that tackling was permitted, the suit alleges, even demonstrating a way to do that.

Lindsey Le was tackled by another student running at full speed, hit at the knee and fell, according to the complaint. Hudson did not stop the game nor immediately obtain medical attention for Le, the suit alleges, and she told Le to move so that play could continue.

Hudson, and the school district by extension, displayed willful and wanton misconduct that led to the injuries suffered by Le and the medical expenses to treat them, according to the complaint.

Le seeks judgment in an amount greater than $75,000 plus court costs. She is represented by Thomas O. Keefe Jr. of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-238

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