Student Sues Warren De La Salle Over 2018 Assault

The plaintiff claims the school did not respond appropriately.

WWJ News
January 22, 2020 - 11:39 pm

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WARREN, Mich. (WWJ) -- A Warren De La Salle Collegiate High School student is reportedly suing the school over an assault that took place in 2018, alleging that school officials knew the attacker could be violent, but failed to protect him.

The lawsuit says the student was waiting for wrestling practice to begin on Jan. 24, 2018 at the Brother Robert Activity Center, when he was attacked by another student who he claims had threatened him in the past, according to a report from WDIV in Detroit. The lawsuit says the student was knocked unconscious after being punched in the face and hitting his head on the wall. The attacker also kicked him in the head when he was on the ground.

The student suffered contusions to his head, and required surgery to repair four broken teeth.

The attacker was later convicted of assault in connection with the incident, and now the victim is suing the school, principal, school president John Knight, the school's athletic director, wrestling coach Bob Szukala and another student, as well as the student center where the assault occurred, according to reports.

The lawsuit claims the coach did not immediately seek medical attention for the victim, and he was not examined by team trainers. It also alleges that police or EMS were not contacted and practice went on as scheduled. The student's parents were not immediately notified, according to the lawsuit.

The victim is seeking damages greater than $25,000 and alleges that school officials had warning signs that the attacker was violent and had threatened the plaintiff.

This lawsuit comes with the football hazing scandal and investigation looming overhead.