Claims Filed Against Enterprise School Board and City

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - Two negligence claims have been filed against the Enterprise school board, the city and administrators in connection with the tornado that hit Enterprise High School in March.

One claim was filed by Kris R. Bowdin, a school employee who says his injuries included several ruptured discs, injuries to hips and shoulders and a pelvic fracture when a school hallway caved in.

The other was filed by the family of Andrew J. Jackson, a student who was killed in the collapse.

City schools superintendent Jim Reese said Monday the school system's lawyers would formally respond to any claim. But he did say the deaths and injuries were "the result of an unfortunate act of nature."

The claims, which ask for $10 million in damages each, contend that Enterprise school officials and employees were negligent in not dismissing school earlier on March 1st when the storm struck.

The claims also cite further negligence caused by defective construction at the school that allowed the walls to collapse in a hallway where students and teachers were huddled.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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