In the claim, the complainants allege the teacher and the district were negligent in failing to ensure Mahal’s safety or prevent the injury.
A Kamloops high school football standout and his guardian are suing a South Kamloops secondary teacher and School District 73 after losing multiple fingers in a 2016 shop class accident.
Teacher Susan Scallon and the Kamloops-Thompson school district are named defendants in a B.C. Supreme Court notice of claim filed by Amaryn Mahal, who is now in Grade 11 at South Kamloops secondary, and his guardian, Sukjit Mahal.
Amaryn Mahal was in Grade 8 on Nov. 3, 2016, when he lost a number of fingers in a band saw accident in Scallon’s woodworking shop class. The notice of claim does not state how many fingers he lost, nor what portion of fingers were severed.
In the claim, the complainants allege Scallon and the district were negligent in failing to ensure Mahal’s safety or prevent the injury. The notice of claim also states Scallon was not in the classroom while Mahal operated the band saw.
The claim states the accident left Mahal with anxiety and depression, as well as the physical injuries he suffered.
While no dollar amount is set out, the lawsuit is seeking general damages, special damages, aggravated damages and punitive damages, as well as past and future care costs relating to the injury. The lawsuit also states Mahal continues to undergo medical treatment for his injuries.
Scallon and the school district each have 21 days to respond to Mahal’s claim, which was filed on April 9.
Mahal is a member of the South Kamloops varsity football team. In November, he was named Grade 11 defensive MVP for the Interior Conference.
None of the allegations in Mahal’s claim have been proven in court.