Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Fatal Recreation

Parents often think that their children are safe in school. Who would not? There are roving guards, teachers who can guide them and school administrators who can help them.

The parents of Austin Sergeev, a fifth grader at Palisades Elementary School might have the same thinking. Unfortunately, it did not turn out that way. Austin died at his school while playing football with friends during recess.

According to reports a teacher tried to revive him by giving him CPR. Within three minutes, the paramedics arrived and he was rushed at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin but he died just the same a short time later.

Medical examination revealed that he suffered from commotio cordis, a very unusual injury. It is considered unusual because death from recreational sports activities is often caused by traumatic brain injury.

This incident may be considered a fortuitous event or something that was beyond our control. In short, no one can be held responsible unless the law otherwise says so.

However, we cannot help but think if the school, school officials or teachers were without any liability at all. One died for goodness sake!

Proper investigation must be undertaken to determine such liability, if any. After all, if no one is negligent then let it be. There is nothing to lose.