A Castle Park High School mother, Aysha Ali, is preparing to sue Sweetwater School District claiming that her son’s broken ankle could have been preventable. (CBS8, 2022).
According to news outlets, on August 9th, 2022, Ali’s son broke his ankle during an outdoors P.E. class. Her son, a sophomore at Castle Park, was doing high knees when he stepped into a pothole and broke his ankle in two places.
The incident occurred only a few months after an Instagram account was created by students made to draw attention to conditions at the school. The account showed pictures of neglected sports facilities and other damaged parts of the school building.
After the Instagram account began to circulate, parents and staff tried to get the school or district to do something about the conditions of Castle Park High School for a while.
In July 2022, the Sweetwater Union High School District Board approved a plan that seeks millions of dollars in money for improvements for Castle Park High. However, no significant repairs or changes have been made at the school since the approval of the plan.
Aysha Ali claims that the school district knew and has known about the dangerous potholes on the blacktop and failed to fix them, which resulted in her son breaking his ankles. Ali’s attorney, Hugo Ivan Salazar, stated that “If the district just would have done basic maintenance on the school, my client’s son would not have broken his ankle,” a Sweetwater School District spokesperson stated, “The Sweetwater District prioritizes the safety and security of our students. The district will continue to review our procedures to ensure the safety of all students.”
Schools are required to maintain proper and safe conditions for students and school employees. Unfortunately, public schools often are not allocated enough funds to properly maintain school property. Scenarios like Aysha and her sons occur far more often than they should.
If you are a concerned parent or school employee, contacting an attorney is the first step in making sure school districts are held accountable for their maintenance of their schools. School district boards are not new to lawsuits and have legal help on their side.
Please reach out to Hariri Law group for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case. Our attorneys will make sure that your case is handled with the utmost care and that you receive the compensation you deserve.