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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  • by Jennifer Location: ENTERPRISE on Sep 20, 2007 at 07:35 PM
    Oh my! I couldn't believe my ears when I was told that Mr. Jackdon and Mr. Bowdin were suing. I completely agree with the way things were handled!! For someone to sue the school when they were doing their jobs is just wrong! I understand the Jacksons lost their son and Mr. Bowdin received injuries and my prayers are with them. But I have yet to hear of anyone controlling storms as what happened on March 1st. It is bad enough that students have gone through all that they have, but to critize the school for keeping the students is pure crazy! I think the Jacksons and Mr. Bowdin should deal with everything like everyone else is. I have yet to hear that the other 7 families are suing. But then again I am sure they know that God has a reason for everything and while yes they did loose a child, God is still in charge and thats one thing you can't fight. I only pray that the Jacksons and Mr. Bowdin realize what a mistake they are making and trouble the suit.
  • by Renee Location: Chancellor on Sep 13, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    To "Wildcat", "Concerned Parent" has her facts straight. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Bowdin, could one of you or a family member be "Wildcat"? Someone who will profit from this? You seem to be the only one who agrees with this selfish act. My understanding is that A.J. gave his life to save another. That was his choice. It was God's choice to take him from this Earth to Heaven. If he was selfish like you Mr. Jackson, he WOULD be alive today. And the guilt would eat at him as I hope it eats at you if you go through with this. You too Mr. Bowdin. It is unfortunate you had to "suffer" injuries from this act of God. You should count your blessings that He spared you. I wonder, if you would have died Mr. Bowdin, would your parents place themselves above everyone else and sue like you and Mr. Jackson? I would hope not. I hope they would trust in the Lord and know He is in control. I pray that you both think this through and make the right decision.
  • by Anonymous Location: Enterpise on Sep 13, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    i agree with Dylan 110%. Mr tim is just lookin for a hand out. about mr bowden, look at mrs bridges. she had a kid and she isnt sueing
  • by Austin Location: Enterprise on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:49 PM
    if u were under that pressure that the EHS adminstration was under, you wouldnt have let the students go either, i dont care what u say.i was there also when the tornado hit and i dont know why you agree with them sueing the school. First off 10 million dollars won't bring A.J. back(its not the schools fault that the building collapsed.Even if they let us out when some of the other schools got out,most of us wouldnt have went home. we would have been sittin in town and WILDCAT you know you wouldnt have went home.u would have been sittin in town somewhere with ur friends.so when you think about it, the school was probably one of the safest places to be. and they might have known that the weather was coming, but they didnt know if there was gunna be a tornado or where it would have touched down.andIts Mr. Bowdens job to help protect his students. you dont see any other teachers that got hurt sueing the school so what gives mr bowden the right? it doesnt. God Bless A.J. and Ryan!
  • by Sr. 04 Location: enterprise on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    Mr.Bowdin was my science teacher and I know the Jacksons personally. They are HORRIBLE people!!! Tim Jackson is know for being a dirt bag! Maybe after this display of SELFISHNESS AND GREED they will all be run out of Enterprise! And what if the school would have let them out early... they would be packing the roads or mud riding just like I used to do when I got out early!And mr. bowdin was a grown man last time I saw him so why didnt he decide to get in his truck and leave hes not even a student? Tim Jackson and Mr. Bowdin are not only a disgrace to our city but also to all humanity. Buy them all a bus ticket and a cheap set of luggage! I know I will never have kind words for them again as I know most of Enterprise will not either. How did AJ come from family like that? Who will they sue next the girl AJ lost his life saving?(which was after the tornado anyways)!
  • by Brittany Location: Enterprise on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:15 PM
    I honestly cannot believe all of this. On Mr. Bowdin's side, we lost eight lives, he should be thankful to be alive. People like Mr. Logan were badly injured so what makes Bowdin so special? And I have no idea what it is like to lose a child, but I know if i ever did, God forbid, no amount of money in the world could ever replace them. A.J. Jackson died saving a life, one of the bravest and most righteous things anyone could ever do. And look how he is being honored. I highly disrespect and look down on both parties for their decisions and pray that the EHS staff prevails over these two ludicrous suits.
  • by Joy Location: Enterprise on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:14 PM
    I have lived here all my life and even had mr bowdin as a teacher, i knew aj and his family. i think they are both greedy and i am ashamed that they would pull a stunt like this. I guess they think they were the only ones hurt by this tragedy. After the entire nation helped us out and this city pulled together in unity and love then here comes this scum. Wonder what will do more damage to our great little city the tornadoes or mr. bowdin and the jacksons? Poor AJ i hope he cant see all this!
  • by think Location: enterprise on Sep 13, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    Think before you speak,there were students in the parking lots,and none of them were killed,they were people in houses,only one person died there,there were people in cars,and how many were killed ? think before you speak..there maybe lots of things you don't know.
  • by Taylor Location: whicksburg on Sep 13, 2007 at 08:46 AM
    I use to go to Enterprise untill the 9TH grade i never got to go to the high school. But i remember AJ,Ryan,and Micheal.I belive that everything happens for a reason these ppl were met to pass that day(most who died, died as heros). If it was GODS plan for them then they would have passed somehow,say they were in there car in the parking lot,waiting for the busses or even walking home.So in that since,Aj was ment to save those ppl.HE was ment to pass. And i dont think that he would want his dad to do this. GOD IS GREAT AND POWERFUL.THIS WAS HIS PLAN!!!
  • by Arney Location: Wicksburg on Sep 13, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    Um! I guess some people say that money solve everything. But we all know that money, if they get any, wont bring them back.
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