A Lawrence High School student and his mother are suing the Lawrence school district and an LHS teacher in connection with a 1990 shop class injury.
Joshua Fraser and his mother, Roma Whitson, filed the suit Tuesday in Douglas County District Court against the school district and Ron Commons, Baldwin, an industrial arts teacher at LHS.
Fraser alleges he injured his left thumb, index, ring and fifth fingers on March 28, 1990, when a piece of wood he was handling slipped while he was operating a table saw in class. The suit contends Commons was negligent because he was aware the saw was malfunctioning before the accident and that the piece of wood Fraser was handling was too small. According to the suit, Commons wanted to "see what happened" and allowed Fraser to use the saw.
Fraser and his mother are suing the school district because Commons was a district employee when the accident occurred and the teacher was "acting within the scope of his employment."
Fraser is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, claiming he has suffered permanent physical injury and disfigurement. He also contends he has and will continue to incur medical bills, pain and suffering.