Family of student burned in school bus incident files legal complaint
MONROE, NC (WBTV) - The family of a Porter Ridge Middle School student who was burned by hot antifreeze while riding a school bus has filed a legal complaint against Union County Public Schools and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
WBTV is withholding the name of the student and her parents because she is a minor.
According to the complaint, the student suffered burns after hot antifreeze leaked into the bus.
The complaint, which was filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission in accordance with the State Tort Claims Act, asks for $500,000 in damages.
Union County Public Schools' transportation director Richard Kingsberry and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham are named as responsible parties in the complaint.
Attorney Williams Goldfarb filed the complaint on behalf of the injured student and her family.
Goldfarb said he filed the complaint in order to be able to have access to and inspect the bus.
WBTV reached out to spokesmen for both UCPS and NCDPI but neither have provided comment as of press time.
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