Per a WTVD-TV report, after a fight broke out between two female students in the school’s cafeteria, the sister of the girls involved in the fight tried to break it up. However, as the student was attempting to break up the fight, a school resource officer responded to the scene to do the same. In the course of trying to break up the fight, the school resource officer threw the girl who was attempting to break up the fight to the ground. As a result of being thrown to the ground, the student reportedly suffered a concussion.
Following the incident, the school resource officer was placed on administrative leave. Controversy stemming from the incident eventually led to him resigning. His resignation is far from the only fallout, with some questioning whether school resource officers should be removed from schools, and if not, whether schools should be held responsible if resource officers injure students.
Can a School Be Held Accountable If a Resource Officer Injures a Student?
Whether or not a school resource officer faces criminal charges for assaulting a student, victims and their families may be able to hold the officer, school or school district accountable for the incident through a civil lawsuit. However, filing a personal injury claim against a school or school district can be extremely difficult, because if it is a public school, it is a governmental entity and may be protected from being held accountable under governmental immunity laws.
Families who believe their children have been the victims of negligence on the part of a school district or one of its representatives should speak with a personal injury attorney. An injury lawyer can analyze your situation, tell you whether you have a valid case, explain your rights, answer your questions and discuss what options are available to you and your family.