Student was seriously injured by sword during school play rehearsal, lawsuit alleges
A Webster Township woman is suing the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, alleging that a student pierced her son's right eye socket with a metal sword during a school play rehearsal last year, leaving him with vision loss and brain damage.
Lynn Beals-Becker is seeking an unspecified amount of money in the suit filed Thursday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.
The suit alleges the school entrusted a 14-year-old student with a "sharp unguarded metal sword" to use in a fighting scene involving the plaintiff's son even though he wasn't trained to handle it.
According to the suit, the injury occurred June 4, 2010, during a rehearsal of the play “The Revenge of Three Sisters." The plaintiff's son was 14 at the time, playing the town sheriff. As the other student made his way toward him, the suit says, he attempted to "deflect the sword." However, the suit says, the "thrust of the sword pierced into his right orbit." The boy suffered lasting injuries, the suit says, including weakness to his left side and an inability to properly raise his eyelid.
Sandra Greenstone, an administrator at the school, did not return a phone call seeking comment Friday.
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