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Q: I was 15-years old and a member of my high school’s junior varsity football
team. After the school day had ended, I changed into my practice gear in the locker
room. Then I went to the field with other members of my team to wait for practice to
begin. We were unsupervised while we waited; there were no coaches present on the
I and other members of the team began taking turns using a piece of
equipment called a ‘blocking sled’ to catapult each other into the air. Two other
members of the team were propelled into the air, before I took my turn. I was
propelled about 10 or 15 feet into the air. When I landed, I fractured both of my wrists.
About 20 minutes passed between the time we first went over to the blocking sled and
the time that I was injured.
A: In assuming physical custody and control over its students, a school
effectively takes the place of parents and guardians. Accordingly, a school must take
such care of its students as a parent of ordinary prudence would in comparable
circumstances. The school will be held liable for foreseeable injuries proximately
related to the absence of adequate supervision. The mere fact that the accident
occurred following the formal end of classes for the day is without legal significance.
Possibly, the school will contend that your lawsuit is barred by the theory of
‘primary assumption of risk’. This theory can place the risk of participation in an
athletic activity on the participant, in order to facilitate free and vigorous participation.
Your attorney will argue that the theory is not applicable here. The use of a
blocking sled to catapult others into the air is not the sort of socially valuable
voluntary activity that the theory seeks to encourage.
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Flushing Cemetery has completed construction of the
Memorial Chapel Mausoleum
Families now have the options of inurnment of cremated remains and
crypt entombment as means of interment and memorialization.
It is with great pride and pleasure that
the Board of Trustees of Flushing Cemetery
the opening of its newly constructed
Memorial Chapel Mausoleum.
The 75 acre countryside cemetery,
lovingly referred to as the
Wonderland of a Million Blooms,
has provided a beautiful resting place
for those who have passed on since 1853.
In addition to its nearly 3400 niches,
the Memorial Chapel Mausoleum
will provide Flushing Cemetery the ability,
for the fi rst time in its 165 year history,
to off er families the option of crypt
entombment in a community mausoleum.
General Manager John Helly stated,
“With cremation rates in New York expected to be
over 50% by the year 2022 and with many cemeteries
facing the reality of dwindling land acreage,
our new mausoleum, with its options of niches and
crypts, will allow Flushing Cemetery to serve the needs
of our community for decades to come”.
Those looking to inquire can call the cemetery offi ce at 718-359-0100