Accident leads to lawsuit against city, Bridges HS |

Accident leads to lawsuit against city, Bridges HS

GLENWOOD SPRINGS- A civil lawsuit has been filled against the city of Glenwood Springs and Bridges High School resulting from an accident during a high school climbing trip.

Other defendants include Bridges High School principal Michael Blair and Michael Schneider, who was employed by Bridges.

The lawsuit was filed by Thomas and Patricia Boas of Glenwood Springs on behalf of their teenage son, Christopher.

The suit results from a rock climbing trip Christopher took with his Bridges High School physical education class in October 2002.

“My son was involved in a high school physical education program and was severely injured,” Thomas Boas told the Post Independent.

According to Garfield District Court documents, Christopher Boas was climbing on an overhanging portion of rock near No Name in Glenwood Canyon. At the base of the overhang was a tin-roofed shed. The roof had been put on the shed about two weeks earlier by the city of Glenwood Springs, according to court documents.

The leading edge of the roof was sharp and had not been folded over. Boas swung into the tin and cut his leg, lacerating three tendons, according to the suit.

Following the accident, Christopher Boas had two surgeries to repair his torn tendons and missed about four months of school, said Thomas Boas.

As a result of the missed school, Christopher Boas eventually had to leave the school, Boas said.

“Mike Blair said he was too far behind to hold a spot for him,” Boas said.

The suit also alleges that Blair told students at Bridges High School the school could terminate its climbing program, senior trips, and other outings as a result of the suit. The comments made by Blair led to Christopher being ostracized by other students, the suit said.

“The principal’s actions need to be explained,” Thomas Boas said, adding that there are emotional damages resulting from Blair’s comments.

Glenwood Springs’ city attorney, Karl Hanlon, said that the city was served on Thursday.

The city is only named in the suit because they own the property where the injury allegedly took place, said Hanlon.

Blair is out of town for the month of July, according to a message left at the school, and was not available for comment.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

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