Family Sues School District for Emotional Trauma

Field trips are meant to be exciting for schoolchildren.  It’s an opportunity to stop doing math equations and hang out with classmates.  Unfortunately for a ten year old girl from Wilmington, a trip to a Chicago Wolves game ended in total embarrassment.

On the way home from the game in January of 2012, this girl had to use the bathroom.  Despite asking to stop for a break, neither the bus driver nor any of the teachers stopped the bus at a gas station or store on the way home.  The teachers came up with a different plan to let the girl relieve herself.

The girl was instructed to urinate into a cup while standing on the front steps of the bus.  Teachers shielded the girl from being seen by her classmates by using their winter coats.  The bus finally stopped to allow the girl to empty the contents of the cup.

Once her parents, Todd and Lisa Holmes heard of this, they decided to sue for the emotional distress which their family suffered.  On January 8th of 2013, they filed a personal injury lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court.  They are accusing the Wilmington School District 209U, Superintendent Jay Plese, Wilmington Middle School, Illinois Central School Bus, and two teachers of intentional affliction of emotional distress.  They are seeking over $150,000 in damages for the humiliation of their ten year old daughter, Jan Doe in the court filing.

Schools are responsible for the children who they educate.  If the negligence of the responsible party leads to injury or emotional trauma, they should be held accountable for the damages they caused.  If your family has experienced injuries due to the negligence of other, then you need compensation to pay doctors or other bills from the event.  Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Cook County to discuss your options.

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