Skokie, IL - A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Skokie School District 68 officials alleges that teachers were negligent in their treatment of 6-year-old Rahul Chandani when he fell on the playground last winter. Were they? You decide…
On Jan. 3 of last year, Chandani reportedly slipped on a mound of snow in the playground at Devonshire Elementary School. Court documents state that doctors would later establish that his fall resulted in a fractured tibia and a hematoma to his head. At the time of the fall, though, the only thing that is known for sure is that the fall made him a whiny little brat who - get this - wanted to be carried back to the school. Oh c’mon…
“His teacher told him, ‘You’re a big boy — I can’t carry you,’” the boy’s mother, Priya Chandani, told a local news reporter. “She told him to walk back, but his leg was broken so he fell again and then had to crawl at least 200-300 feet [across the icy playground] back to the school building.”
The boy’s mother added, “If someone did that to me as an adult, I’d slap them.”
According to the lawsuit, the boy made it back to the school where he complained of dizziness. His teachers, presumably unable to stop the incessant bitching, called his mother. Court documents describe the mother arriving to see the boy still crawling to get around the classroom with a lump on his head “the size of a tennis ball.” She reportedly then took it upon herself to call an ambulance to have the child taken to the hospital. I think that they call that “being a ‘helicopter parent.’”
As you might expect, after the hospital diagnosed the child with the fractured tibia and hematoma and whatever, the kid really started to milk this situation for all it’s worth. The lawsuit goes on to say that the child was off school for six weeks recovering from the injuries, that he had trouble sleeping, and needed six months of rehabilitation. Blah blah blah.
The suit seeks in excess of $200,000 in damages. Skokie School District 68 officials have declined to comment on the case. I think, because… well… commenting is a lot of work and, you know, some parents will never be satisfied.