The School District in Salem, New Hampshire is facing a lawsuit as a result of a fall sustained by a student at a track and field event three years ago.
The then 12-year-old girl was taking a seat in the bleachers when she fell through a gap that was as wide as 15 inches and sustained serious injuries that included broken bones and forced her to be confined to a wheelchair for eight weeks.
The suit is being filed now rather than years ago in anticipation of any potential long-term effects that would not have been apparent at the time.
The school district has since made measures to prevent such falls from occurring again, but the lawsuit contends that they do not go far enough. The lawsuit also names the city of Salem as a defendant, but the city believes it has no liability and should not be included in the proceedings.