Utah school district pays $10K for ‘drunk goggles’ injury

ARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — Court documents show that a Utah school district paid more than $10,000 for a student’s medical expenses after she was injured while wearing so-called drunk goggles in a 2014 exercise.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/1rUzgDy) that the parents of then-13-year-old Kylie Nielsen sued the Davis School District and former teacher Rick Smith for negligence and recklessness. The suit says Smith encouraged students to play tag while wearing goggles designed to simulate drunkenness, an activity that caused Nielsen to break her ankle in multiple places.

In its response, the district says Smith failed to act with reasonable care.

Smith no longer works for the school district and has not yet responded to the lawsuit. Efforts to contact him have been unsuccessful.

The lawsuit has been assigned to pilot program meant to reduce time and litigation costs.

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