The rally at Tranquillity High School was supposed to just be a fun sort of human demolition derby, but for at least one student, the fun came at a high cost.
The crowd cheered in April as bouncy bubbles filled with students crashed into each other for fun.
But you can see in video taken by another student that those bubbles didn’t cover the kids’ heads.
They also didn’t have enough air to protect the kids, according to a new lawsuit against the school district.
“And when these kids were told to run from opposite ends of the gymnasium and run into each other, children were seriously injured,” said plaintiff’s attorney Jason Bell of Baradat & Paboojian.
Bell says more than one kid got hurt and he filed a lawsuit on behalf of two of them.
Attorneys have not yet identified all the students in the bubbles and don’t know if the videos show the collision leading to the most serious injuries.
But Bell says one of his clients – a Tranquillity junior – suffered a broken neck, blood clots in his neck, and a severe concussion.
Doctors here had to fly him to San Francisco because of the severity.
Four months later, he’s still on blood thinners for the blood clots, his broken neck is still healing, and he’s about to miss out on his senior year football season.