FAYETTEVILLE – A high school student
is suing over injuries that he alleges occurred when he was allowed to
leave the school building without supervision.
Austin Goodwin filed the suit May 11 in
Fayette Circuit Court against the Board of Education of Fayette
County, the Office of the Sheriff of Fayette County, and Deputy Matthew
On June 9, 2014, according to the
complaint, Goodwin and other students were permitted to leave the
school building, contrary to the obligations of the school board, the sheriff's office and Kessler, who was working that day as school
While on the soccer field, Goodwin claims he was
injured -- a compound fracture to his arm, the suit alleges -- and purportedly incurred nearly $10,000 in medical bills. The suit further alleges that Goodwin endured
physical pain and suffering, emotional anguish and mental distress,
and a decrease in his ability to enjoy life.
The claims against the three defendants
include negligence for allowing Goodwin to leave the school
unsupervised, resulting in his injury.
Goodwin demands a trial by jury and
judgment against the defendants in an amount the jury feels is
justified by the evidence. He is represented by Kevin B. Burgess,
Christopher B. Frost and Steven R. Broadwater Jr. of Hamilton,
Burgess, Young & Pollard PLLC in Fayettville.
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