Schools Must Protect Students Under Their Supervision from South Carolina and North Carolina Personal Injury

April 29, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

A Thomasville high school student broke his arm and suffered facial lacerations on Monday after falling 30 feet through a skylight and landing on the floor of a Thomasville High School classroom. Police say that three students who were taking part in a masonry program where allowed to go on top of the roof of the vocational building so they could learn how to make scaffolding. Following the North Carolina fall accident, 17-year-old Brian Shuler was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

According to Quindale Williams, a student who was quoted in, glass from the skylight started falling onto the classroom. Williams said that as Schuler fell, he struck the poles on the ceiling before falling face first onto the ground. Schuler was bleeding from his nose, mouth, and ears.

Following the North Carolina injury accident, Thomasville High School Principal Deboy Beamon said that the construction teacher had told Schuler and the two students that were on the roof to come down right before the fall accident happened. Beamon maintained that the school is committed to its kids’ safety. Moving forward, the students will have limited access to the building when they are on scaffolding.

As our Charlotte, North Carolina injury law firm has discussed in passed blog posts, schools are responsible for making sure there are no dangerous conditions or situations on the school grounds that can injure students or place their lives in peril. While the kids are under the school’s watch it is the responsibility of the school and its employees to remedy any hazards that might be a premises liability or a personal injury hazard.

Just yesterday in South Carolina, a Rock Hill teenager was assaulted by a fellow student on a school bus. Ashley Barber, 17, sustained razor cuts to her face after she was assaulted by a 15-year-old.

The 15-year-old is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, disturbing schools, and carrying a weapon on school grounds. Barber, who was released from the hospital after she was treated for her injuries, was charged with disturbing schools and carrying a weapon. A kitchen knife was found in the purse that she was carrying while on the bus.

Girl assaulted with razor on school bus, Charlotte Observer, April 29, 2010

Thomasville NC injury news: Student airlifted after 30 ft. fall through roof, Justice News Flash, April 28, 2010

Related Web Resources:

World report on child injury prevention, World Health Organization

Injuries among children and adolescents, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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