Student's mother sues Mount Carmel schools after daughter allegedly burned in chemistry class

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 4, 2018


SCRANTON — A mother is suing a school district and its officers, citing alleged failure to protect and negligence.

Karen Green, in her capacity as parent and natural guardian of M.G., a minor, filed a complaint on Nov. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Mount Carmel Area School District and others, alleging the defendants breached their duty to provide a safe environment for students under their care.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 30, minor M.G. was attending chemistry class when a laboratory experiment caused liquid methanol to ignite on her leg and desk, causing both to catch fire. Minor plaintiff was rushed to defendants' nurse but was not provided with any treatment as the nurse was not a burn specialist, the suit claims.

As a result, minor M.G. was treated for second-degree burns that will leave permanent scars; was caused post-traumatic stress disorder; and continues to suffer severe and permanent psychological injury, the suit says.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide students with any personal protective equipment and failed to provide an up-to-date emergency contract information for plaintiff as Karen Green learned of the incident from a neighbor and rushed to the school to find M.G. untreated in the nurse's office in excruciating pain.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in excess of $150,000 at each count, plus costs, interest, and delay damages on each count, together with punitive and exemplary damages, attorneys' fees as the court shall allow. She is represented by Bryan Ferris of Swartz Culleton PC in Newtown.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 4:18-cv-02218-MWB.

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