GWINN, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a dispute over whether an Upper Peninsula school is liable for the death of a 4-year-old girl who was accidentally killed in 2015.
The family of Amarah Filizetti is trying to persuade the Supreme Court to reverse the opinion of the Michigan Court of Appeals.READ MORE: 'These Cases Are Not Over': Michigan Solicitor General Reacts To Court's Ruling In Flint Water Crisis Indictments
Amarah, the daughter of a cheerleading coach, died when a 325-pound panel fell on her at Gwinn High School. Staff were in the process of putting the panel in place to shield a portable stage in the gym.
With some exceptions, schools have immunity under Michigan personal injury law. The appeals court ruled in favor of Gwinn, saying leaning a stage cover panel against the wall before it fell doesn’t fit an exception.READ MORE: Here Are Ways To Save While On Vacation
“This is not a building defect. This is not part of the building,” Gwinn attorney Tim Mullins told the Supreme Court.
An attorney for the family, J. Paul Janes, said a jury should be allowed to hear the case.
“Amarah’s injuries were the direct result of the dangerous and defective condition itself — the unsecured, detached massive wall panels leaning precariously against the wall. Part of the building fell on her,” Janes said in a court filing.MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 14,353 New COVID-19 Cases, 174 Deaths Over The Last Week
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