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School Electricity Class Goes Bad

At first I thought the family was out for money, but then some reports suggest there was a wager involved from the teacher...

By CLYNTON NAMUO
Union Leader Correspondent
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010


DOVER An 18-year-old Dover High School student who was shocked so severely this April that his heart stopped is suing the school, his teacher and the city, saying he suffered brain damage.

Kyle Dubois and his parents, Robert and Sandra, claim teacher Thomas Kelley did not warn Kyle and other students how badly hurt they could be by electrical demonstration cords in their electrical trades class. According to a suit filed in Strafford County Superior Court, Kelley encouraged Kyle to shock himself, even offering a Mountain Dew in exchange for doing so.


DUBOIS

KELLEY
"As a master electrician and experienced teacher of electrical technology, Mr. Kelley knew or should have known that the electrical circuits in his classroom could administer harmful or fatal shocks to his students," the suit says.

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During class on March 11, Kyle Dubois willingly placed an alligator clamp on one of his nipples while a second student placed one on his other nipple and a third student plugged in a cord providing electricity, sending an approximately three-second jolt through Dubois, police said in a statement following an investigation of the incident.

The suit claims Kelley was "less than eight feet away at the time and saw and heard the students engaging in this activity."

Authorities did not file charges in the case, and police said Kelley denied the allegation he offered soda.

Kelley told police he was speaking to another student when everything happened.

"I was talking up my fantasy baseball team with one student and the next thing I know there was a commotion," Kelley said during a video interview obtained earlier by the New Hampshire Union Leader. "I look and I hear an Ouch.' I look and there's Kyle going to the ground." Dubois' heart stopped and paramedics had to restart it with a defibrillator. He was in critical condition and had to be taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where doctors drilled a hole into his skull to check on brain swelling.

"Kyle suffered brain damage due to his heart stoppage," the suit says. "He suffers from short-term memory loss and other losses and disruptions related to this incident."

The suit also says Kelley "had a pattern and practice of leaving the students in his electrical technology class unattended for up to 20 minutes at a time" and that "other faculty members, administrators and staff members" knew this.

Kelley resigned about a month after the incident.

Kelley declined to comment on the suit yesterday. Superintendent Jean Briggs Badger referred questions to the school district's attorney Corey Belobrow, who also refused to comment.

City Manager Michael Joyal did not return a message.

The Dubois family is suing the district, the city and Kelley, alleging 11 different counts of negligence. Their attorney, R. David Depuy, did not return a message yesterday.
http://www.unionleader.com/article.a...7-9662b5f1c633
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

Are the parents suing themselves as well?
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

His heart stopped is suing the school?
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

Originally Posted by Superman07 View Post
At first I thought the family was out for money, but then some reports suggest there was a wager involved from the teacher...
If the kid's making bets with the teacher, he probably was out for money!
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At least the teacher has his bitchin' fantasy team to fall back upon
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

"I was talking up my fantasy baseball team with one student and the next thing I know there was a commotion," Kelley said during a video interview obtained earlier by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
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At least the teacher has his bitchin' fantasy team to fall back upon
Why the hell would you admit that in an interview?
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I don't think he was the sharpest bulb on that tree.
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

While this is certainly shocking, I really get a charge out of these current events. I don't know watt they were thinking. That kid must have been amped up on something.
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

His heart didn't start beating until the paramedics got there. I wonder how long it took for them to arrive.
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Sounds like the brain damage was already an existing condition.
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

During class on March 11, Kyle Dubois willingly placed an alligator clamp on one of his nipples while a second student placed one on his other nipple and a third student plugged in a cord providing electricity, sending an approximately three-second jolt through Dubois, police said in a statement following an investigation of the incident.
Key word is bolded. How do the parents possibly have a case?
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
Key word is bolded. How do the parents possibly have a case?
Because a teacher supervising a classroom arguably has a duty to stop the kids from doing really stupid stuff (let alone encouraging it, assuming you believe the kid's version of events).
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So close to a Darwin award finalist. He's still young.
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

At what age does anyone have to take some responsibility for their own actions? Although he is a student, it says in the article that he was 18...
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Dubois' heart stopped and paramedics had to restart it with a defibrillator.
That isn't how a defibrillator works.
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

I would have liked to have seen someone try it by connecting the clamps to each earlobe, rather than the nipples.

Any volunteers out there?

I promise, if you die or suffer permanent brain damage, that we'll speak well of your courage

after we finish laughing at your stupidity
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

The parents should sue their kid.
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

Originally Posted by jonw9 View Post
His heart stopped is suing the school?
Journalism is a joke now. Me fail English, that's unpossible!
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Because a teacher supervising a classroom arguably has a duty to stop the kids from doing really stupid stuff (let alone encouraging it, assuming you believe the kid's version of events).
Everyone wounded in a school shooting should now sue their teachers!
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Re: School Electricity Class Goes Bad

Originally Posted by Rockmjd23 View Post
Everyone wounded in a school shooting should now sue their teachers!
Only if it is a gun safety class.
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Originally Posted by benedict View Post
At what age does anyone have to take some responsibility for their own actions? Although he is a student, it says in the article that he was 18...
A line has to be drawn somewhere. What this kid did is tantamount to someone putting their head in the table saw in woodshop class or dumping a flask of hydrochloric acid on themselves in chemistry class. Don't reward stupidity with money.

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