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Parents say piano fell on girl’s foot at school

October 23, 2012
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— The parents of a Scotia-Glenville Middle School student are suing the school district, saying it was negligent in an incident in which a piano fell on their daughter.

Jeffrey and Lisa Shaffer filed the lawsuit Oct. 10 in state Supreme Court. It alleges that on Oct. 27, 2009, their daughter, then 12, was sitting in the front row of the music class when the teacher moved the piano so it would be closer to the students. During the process, it tipped over and fell onto the girl “as a result of the negligent manner in which her teacher was pushing or moving said piano,” according to the lawsuit.

The piano landed on the girl’s foot and she suffered two broken toes, required stitches and had other injuries. She also experienced pain and soreness, the lawsuit alleges.

The parents go on to say in the lawsuit that the school was negligent because they failed to keep the piano in a safe manner and failed to inspect it. They also accused school officials of “failing to warn others of the dangerous and hazardous condition of the unsecured piano in the music room.”

The parents are seeking payment for medical expenses, for general pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. No monetary amounts were specified in the lawsuit.

A notice of claim, the precursor to a lawsuit, was filed by the parents Jan. 6, 2010 — within 90 days from the time of the incident. The court paperwork does not explain why the actual lawsuit wasn’t filed until this month.

Their attorney, Craig A. Cushing of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, did not return multiple messages seeking comment for this story.

Scotia-Glenville spokesman Robert Hanlon said the district generally doesn’t comment on pending legal matters.

 
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