Case Example of Suing a School District for Negligence as a Result of Inadequate Security
This negligent security case against a school district in Georgia involves a young man who was viciously beaten by another student at the school he attended. In the case of Bajjani v. Gwinnett County School District, the lawsuit stemmed from the actions of school officials after an incident that occurred during the school day and on school grounds.
Timothy Bajjani was a student attending classes when an altercation broke out with another student. The other student threatened Bajjani, which was heard by the teacher and other students. When class ended, the student made good on his threats.
Bajjani was brutally beaten by the other student, who kicked him repeatedly in the face and chest, stomping his head as he lay on the concrete hall floor. When the principal and assistant principal arrived on the scene, they found Bajjani unconscious and bleeding profusely. Instead of calling an ambulance, they took him to the nurse’s office and notified his parents, without mentioning the severity of the boy’s condition.
Injuries Suffered by the Victim
When the parents arrived roughly 30 minutes later, they were horrified by what they found. They immediately called paramedics, who rushed Bajjani to the local hospital, where he was diagnosed with:
He required immediate surgery and has since undergone extensive dental work to repair the facial damage done, while continuing to suffer from seizures, sleep disorders, and difficulty eating.
Establishing Liability and Cause Against the School District
It was only later and after extensive investigation by police, state school officials, and the parent’s attorney that certain disturbing facts about the case were uncovered:
- The student who beat Bajjani had a past history of violence that the school was aware of. Officials failed to warn teachers of the boy’s explosive temper, which is why Bajjani’s own teacher never acted on the threat he made in class.
- The Georgia Department of Education has a policy in place to identify schools that are considered “persistently dangerous”, allowing parents to make other arrangements for their child. Incidents of violent crime that occurred on school property or at school-sanctioned events were required to be reported. Gwinnett County Public Schools failed to follow this policy. Of the more than 70,000 violent altercations that occurred there, fewer than 5,000 were reported.
- School staff at Gwinnett were specifically instructed not to call 911 for any injuries that occurred at school. This was in the hopes of avoiding the “persistently dangerous” designation, which would have resulted in a drop in enrollment and funding cuts.
As a result of these facts, Bajjani’s parents filed a lawsuit suing for negligence and inadequate security against the school’s administration, seeking medical costs as well as punitive damages.
Reach Out to an Experienced Trial Attorney
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