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Parents sue Pinellas schools after son is hurt during school game

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A St. Petersburg couple has sued the Pinellas County school board after their son was hurt during a nonsanctioned game with another boy during a physical education class at Azalea Middle School.

Cary and Lori Forney are also suing the mother of the boy who they say subjected their son to the game, according to a copy of the suit, filed in Pinellas Circuit Court Oct. 29.

The Forneys’ son was injured during the game on Feb. 28 at the school, at 7855 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg, the lawsuit says.

In the suit, the Forneys, who are seeking more than $15,000 in damages, say a boy engaged their son in a game of “tapping,” “which involved striking and/or hitting and/or forceful touching that resulted in signicant injury,” the lawsuit says. The lawsuit doesn’t specify what tapping is, but it could refer to a form of bullying known as sack tapping, where one boy hits another boy’s testicles.

In addition to the school board, the Forneys are suing the mother of the other boy, arguing that she should have instructed her son not to engage in such activity, the lawsuit says. The school system, on the other hand, failed to provide a safe environment for physical education class.

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