Lawsuit seeks $350K for injuries in game of tag in Chesapeake gym class


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Local education officials have been sued over a game of tag played in gym class by a student who says it caused him serious long-term injuries.

Court documents show Javonte Smith and his father sued this month in Chesapeake Circuit Court, seeking $350,000 from when he played “Sharks & Minnows” in 2016 at Indian River High School.

Court documents say he was sprinting to avoid being tagged when he hurt both wrists as he put his hands out against the wall to stop himself, leading to severe fractures. The lawsuit alleges school officials knew the game was dangerous and students had been hurt previously.

Residents 10 On Your Side spoke with have had children go to Indian River High. They say there are mixed feelings in regards to the situation.

In my opinion if the school allows that sort of activity, I think they should take some sort of responsibility,” said Clarence Harris.

“I’m saying that I would probably not pursue suing the school or the school district further, just because things do happen,” said Reverend Delores Edwards.

Defendants include the Chesapeake School Board, a board member and other educators. A school division spokeswoman had no comment on the litigation. 10 On Your Side also reached out to the family’s attorney. They had no comment at this time.

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