The parents of a Madison student are suing Metro, claiming a run-in with a Metro teacher knocked two of her teeth out and led to the posting of an embarrassing warning sign.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Davidson County Circuit Court, alleges that last September, a teacher identified in the suit as Elynda W. Thomas opened an office door while looking the other way in conversation.
The opening door hit a Haynes Middle School girl in the face as she walked down a hallway, “breaking” two of the girl’s teeth and loosening others, the suit states.
But while the impact with the door, which the suit labels an “accident,” may have caused her physical pain, it was a warning sign “depicting a ‘smiley face’ with missing teeth” posted later on the door by an unidentified person that would bring the girl “continued humiliation among her peers.”
The suit, which doesn’t name Thomas as a defendant, blames negligence on the part of Metro and claims the door opening into the hallway rather than into the office creates “a dangerous condition on the school premises.”
The parents of the child are seeking compensatory damages of no more than $300,000 as well as court costs and attorney fees.
Mike Safley, deputy director of the Metro Department of Law, said Metro had not yet been served with the lawsuit and could not comment.