Child’s injuries lead mother to file lawsuit against teacher, school district

LISBON – The mother of an East Palestine Elementary student filed a lawsuit in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court against a first-grade teacher and the school district after her daughter was allegedly injured twice on the monkey bars at school.

Jennifer L. Lohr claims her daughter was first injured in September 2012 after falling from the monkey bars at recess. After the fall, Lohr claims she met with the first-grade teacher, Debra J. Repasky, and it was agreed the child would not be allowed to play on the monkey bars again. Instead, Repasky was to provide alternative activities for the child to participate in during recess.

On April 8, 2013, the 6-year-old girl again reportedly fell from the monkey bars. Lohr claims her daughter suffered serious injury to her left arm, which required closed fracture surgery.

The lawsuit claims Lohr lost about $37,000 in lost wages and incurred medical expenses due to the injury of her daughter. It requests an award in excess of $25,000.

The lawsuit, which was filed by attorney George Oryshkewych of North Royalton, claims the teacher was intentionally, maliciously or recklessly negligent in allowing the child to play on the monkey bars again in April after making the agreement with Lohr in September.