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
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