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Parents of Injured Caprock H.S. Students Sue AISD

If there's going to be a school function, parents want to know that they're going to be transported in a safe and orderly fashion," says Jesse Quackenbush. If there's going to be a school function, parents want to know that they're going to be transported in a safe and orderly fashion," says Jesse Quackenbush.

Parents of two Caprock High School students who were injured in a car crash on February 5th want the Amarillo Independent School District to pay.

According to the lawsuit: the students were riding in an SUV driven by another student when the accident took place on the I-40. They were returning from batting practice at an off-campus facility. One of the baseball players suffered spinal injuries. Parents of the injured students said they were not aware their children would be riding in a vehicle driven by teenagers.

The district, however, said at the beginning of the year, the parents signed waivers allowing their children to ride in private vehicles for off-campus events. "It's a bad policy to pawn off the responsibility of transportation to minor children, whether you do it by a waiver that's shoved down every parents throat at the beginning of the year, or through a form of deceit," said Jesse Quackenbush, the lawyer representing the parents in the lawsuit.

Parents said they vaguely recalled the documents, but said they thought it meant adults would be driving those cars. Quackenbush said he hoped the lawsuit would also force AISD to reconsider its policy regarding transportation to off-campus events. The lawsuit today, filed in the 181st District Court, is on behalf of the passengers who were in the SUV during the crash.

The lawsuit seeks money to pay for medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering for a total of $635,000. As of Monday afternoon, AISD said they had not received the lawsuit, and when they did, would not comment on any lawsuits.          

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