Teacher’s Halloween Prank Sparks $100K Legal Claim in Massachusetts

September 16, 2011

The family of a Taunton (Mass.) High School student injured running away from a teacher wearing a mask and wielding what appeared to be a chain saw for a Halloween prank is seeking up to $100,000 in compensation for medical expenses.

An attorney for the family said he has sent the city a letter indicating he will file a lawsuit if the matter isn’t resolved within the next six months.

The lawyer said the 15-year-old boy suffered a fractured bone and serious knee injuries after tripping over a chair while trying to run away last Oct. 29. The boy was on crutches for months and had to give up participating in sports.

A city lawyer said he is reviewing whether insurance will pay for the damages.

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