A lawsuit was filed against an elementary school in New Jersey for $10 million. The suit was brought by the family of 7-year-old Brendan Jordan, who died on January 7, 2015. According to authorities, during indoor soccer practice at the school gymnasium a 108 pound bench that was folded vertically against a wall collapsed and fell on Brendan. Local newspaper, The Record, reports those named in the suit include the police department, school officials, Borough, a school janitor, and Brendan’s soccer coach, Bryan Mone.
The suit has been filed in Hacken Superior Court with allegations that students were insufficiently supervised and the bench that killed Brendan was improperly maintained. According to The Record, a New Jersey newspaper, the lawsuit is seeking $10 million in damages and a jury trial.
A police report made after an investigation revealed the dead bolt lock on the bench that killed Brendan was not secured and its backup safety lack was missing at the time of the accident. Officials said Mone and a Borough police officer rushed to help Brendan and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The police have determined that there wasn’t any criminal intent involved in Brendan’s death. Officials could not be reached for any further comment.
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