Injured Boardman teacher sues over police drill

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.

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