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Injured Boardman teacher sues over police drill

Published: Wed, April 9, 2014 @ 12:06 a.m.

Staff report


A teacher, who said his hip and arm were broken when a Boardman police captain tackled him during an active-shooter drill at Boardman High School, has sued the school district and its superintendent, the police captain and chief, the township and its police department, and a drill consultant and his company.

Jesse McClain III, of Boardman, a Center Middle School teacher, who volunteered to participate in the April 3, 2013, drill, and his wife, Katherine, sued Capt. Donald Hawkins, who McClain says tackled him; Police Chief Jack Nichols; Schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri; and Donald L. Fisher, an employee of Specter Investigations LLC of Struthers.

The lawsuit, which demands a jury trial and seeks more than $25,000 in damages, alleges the defendants negligently planned, supervised and conducted the drill.

The complaint was filed recently in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and assigned to Judge James C. Evans.

Lazzeri and Hawkins declined to comment; and township officials and Fisher could not be reached to comment.


1concerned(326 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Did you see the guy get tackled? They showed video on the news. What was that police captain thinking?

Should this teacher be stuck with all the bills incurred from his injuries? And needless pain and suffering for some "drill"?

25k isn't that much money it's not like he is asking for millions.

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2concerned(326 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The news is reporting the amount he is seeking is 125k. Which still is not that much.

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3exjaguarfan(1 comment)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The first line of this article was offensive in so many ways. The writer used the words "said his hip and shoulder was broken." Really? If you have seen the video of the disaster drill, it was very clear that excessive force was used against Mr. McClain.He didn't just "say" his hip and shoulder were broken. He underwent surgery for a broken hip and suffers daily with pain.The district and all involved should just do the right thing.This is a dedicated teacher that brought nothing but positive feedback for the Boardman Schools for the past 38 years.

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4thirtyninedollars(610 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

125k is nothing. He should sue for way more than that. He is being nice by not suing for more in my opinion.

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5bmanresident(607 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

If this happened during a "drill" imagine what this cop is capable of doing in a real setting.

Another case of a psychopath choosing law enforcement as a career to make up for his "short" falls.

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6walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

In the current setup today with insurance carriers, an injured party is practically forced to sue to have their bills paid. It has happened to me in an auto accident and the other guy's insurance won't pay any bills until I agree to a settlement. Thus, I have to sue to ensure everything gets paid and I don't get stuck with bills.

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