$41 million judgement for teenager on a foreign trip with school


Youth Pastor, if you take teenagers overseas you better pay attention to this lawsuit.

5 years ago, Cara Munn, then a 15 yr old girl at her boarding school in Connecticut, contracted a tick-borne illness while on a trip to China with her school. (an excerpt from the linked article is below)

“On the trip, Munn and fellow students visited an area considered high-risk for tick-borne illness, and, upon her return, she was hospitalized for the disease that ended up ravaging her system and inflicting permanent brain damage.

Antonio Ponvert III, a lawyer for Munn, said of the $41 million award that the school was negligent in not only failing to manage students and protect them but also for neglecting to notify the woman’s family of the extent of her illness.”

“Hotchkiss failed to take basic safety precautions to protect the minor children in its care … I hope that this case will help alert all schools who sponsor overseas trips for minors that they need to check the CDC for disease risks in the areas where they will be travelling, and that they must advise children in their care to use repellant and wear proper clothing when necessary.”

Ponvert added: ”Cara’s injuries were easily preventable.”

While you cannot and should not ever guarantee safety while on a trip, negligence by definition IS preventable. Make sure you (over) communicate to parents and teens about the risks associated with the locations you are attending as well as the activities you will be doing, so that both can make an informed decision regarding their participation and the precautions they may want to take as attendees.

It’s hard to believe that something as simple as bug spray may have prevented both the $41 million judgement, and more importantly, Cara’s health. Save yourself some grief while you’re helping save the world.

Lead well,

~Mark

Teen Gets Sick On School Trip, Awarded $41M – link to original article

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One Response to $41 million judgement for teenager on a foreign trip with school

  1. Kathy says:

    Reblogged this on To Talk of Many Things and commented:
    Over the years I’ve been on mission trips to Mexico, sent my kids on trips around this country and others with choir, church and other activities. We always understood there was a risk and trusted God to take care of us and our children. Never would it have occurred to me to not ask tons of questions and demand answers. Anyone planning to take a child or children out of the country on a trip needs to read about Cara and her (easily preventable) injuries which have cost her her health and her former school $41 million.

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