The parent of a Toledo Public Schools student has filed a lawsuit against the district for failing to care for her daughter who became ill during a school trip in May.
Sarah Kroggel alleges staff from Beverly Elementary, who chaperoned her then eighth-grade daughter on a class trip to Washington D.C., neglected to properly care for her daughter after she became physcially ill at the start of the trip.
The class took a three-day trip to the nation's capital at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. The class had planned events for the students to visit monuments and watch theater performances, and Kroggel had given the district and chaperones (teachers) express written consent to provide medical treatment in case of emergency, like any parent or guardian is required to do before such trips.
Kroggel's daughter became ill with dehydration and vomitting after the first night of the trip; however, according to a complaint, the girl's chaperones failed to seek medical attention for her, monitor her condition, or contact her mother to notify her of her daughter's condition. The girl was forced to participate in all planned activities, including tours in 90-degree heat and a river cruise, despite complaining of discomfort and persistent nausea and vomitting.
Four female Beverly Elementary employees are named in the complaint which alleges teachers gave the girl a trash bag to vomit into and told her to sit in the back of the bus, next to the restroom, for the duration of the ride home.
Upon arrival back in Toledo, Kroggel found her daughter to be "gaunt and ashen-looking" and immediately took her to the emergency room. Doctors diagnosed her with gastroenteritis and severe dehydration.
The lawsuit, filed by the law offices of Charles E. Boyk on Monday, alleges that the teachers' "lack of common sense" led to the girl's week-long hospitalization. Physicians claim that if the girl had received proper medical attention during the trip, she would not â??have become so dangerously dehydrated.â??
â??Teachers must be properly trained to err on the side of caution when caring for children and provide full disclosure to parents at all times, which was clearly not the case in this situation,â?? Attorney Chuck Boyk said.
â??The purpose of the lawsuit is to seek fair compensation for the extremely careless conduct of TPS and the Beverly teachers in charge on the trip that landed a young girl in the hospital,â?? Boyk said. â??Instead of being able to take away fond memories of her 8th grade tour of DC, Ms. Kroggelâ??s daughter will be forced to remember that she could not trust and depend on her teachers to allow her to speak with her own mother.â??
The lawsuit seeks $25,000 in compensatory damages for personal injuries, pain and suffering, disability, medical expenses and loss of income.
WNWO reached out to Toledo Public Schools regarding the lawsuit. A spokesperson said by written statement, â??I can confirm that Ms. Sarah Kroggel has filed suit against Toledo Public Schools, however it is the district's policy not to comment on ongoing litigation.â??