Lawsuit: Student had head slammed into desk and was stuffed in a locker at John F. McCloskey School

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 28, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A student's mother is suing The School District of Philadelphia, a government entity, citing alleged breach of duty and negligence.

Lakesha Weeks, as parent and guardian of Z.P., filed a complaint in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against The School District of Philadelphia, alleging the government entity breached its duty of care to protect its students from unreasonable harm.

The defendant removed the case to federal court on Jan. 15.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 6, 2018, Z.P. was a student at John F. McCloskey School when a woman grabbed her by the neck and banged her head on the desk and then slammed her into a locker. She suffered serious injuries and incurred damages. The plaintiff holds The School District of Philadelphia responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate security and protect its students and failed to implement reasonable steps to prevent visitors from assaulting its students.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount greater than $50,000, with interest and costs. She is represented by Glenn Ellis of Freiwald Law in Philadelphia.

Case No. is 2:19-cv-00216-AB.

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