News and Tribune

August 27, 2013

Family sues Greater Clark

Special needs student injured on bus

By JEROD CLAPP
jerod.clapp@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — The family of a special needs student who was hurt while boarding a bus issued its intent last week to sue Greater Clark County Schools for her injuries.

A tort claim from Miranda Higdon and Brian Stone was sent to the district after the wheelchair of their daughter, Julianna Spring Stone, fell off a bus lift at the end of the school day on Aug. 5.

A statement of facts from attorney Larry Wilder says the wheels on the 7-year-old’s wheelchair weren’t properly locked before she was loaded onto the bus.

When Stone’s bus driver, Mickey Tameris, pushed the wheelchair onto the bus, it was still partially on the lift before she lowered it again. She fell several feet from the ground, injuring her legs as well as fracturing her nose and dislodging her feeding tube.

The family seeks no more than $500,000 in damages according to the document.

Erin Bojorquez, supervisor of communications and public relations for the school district, issued a statement about the tort claim on Tuesday.

“A tort claim is a statutory requirement that must be issued at least 90 days before litigation can be initiated against a political subdivision like a public school corporation,” the statement says. “Because it is a precursor to litigation, the district is unable to comment on the allegations at this time.”

The school corporation has 90 days to respond to the demands.