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Injured Boardman teacher sues over police drill



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

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

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.


Comments

1concerned(173 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks 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(173 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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3Forejjg(21 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm not a sue happy type of person and haven't even seen the video, but from what I'm reading this was a drill. After more than 20 years in the military and conducting exercises and drills constantly, safety is supposed to be the #1 priority. A drill or exercise is to learn proper response and procedure during an event. There is never a reason to use the amount of physical force that will injure someone. I don't know anyone involved, but really Hawkins, I hope your decision making capabilities are better during real-world situations.

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4exjaguarfan(1 comment)posted 8 months, 3 weeks 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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5thirtyninedollars(325 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks 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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6HeMyPO(92 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Jesse McClain III,

What A Sissy !!!

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7walter_sobchak(1982 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks 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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8Petunia(27 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey HeMyPO-

Come to my house and let me tackle and body slam you on my concrete basement floor and break some of your bones. McClain is a teacher, not a linebacker.

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