Student hurt playing football at Okeeheelee Middle may get $100K

12/6/99 - Shaun Cuddy, 10 gets tagged by Avery Mccray, 11 during a pickup game at Our Savior Lutheran church. Mccray and Cuddy belong to the Cougars, a reinstituted sports program at the church that was closed for 10 years. - Staff photo by Stuart Thurlkill/FOR 12-7-99/ 1 B SC/ COLOR/ SLUG: SC1BFOOTCLO1207/ 29 P W X 22P6 D/ LGH/ SENT 8:51P/ COLOR
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Palm Beach County’s public school system is considering paying $100,000 to a student injured four years ago playing a tackle football pickup game at Okeeheelee Middle School.

School board members on Wednesday will decide whether to settle a lawsuit filed last year by attorneys for the student, who was hurt playing football in the school’s after-care program.

The student suffered a herniated disc during the game in April 2012 and later had surgery to fix it, according to a school district memo.

In the lawsuit, the student alleged that the school district “was aware or should have known that the students would play football during the aftercare school program.”

The game was played “without proper equipment or training,” the lawsuit alleged.

School district officials declined to comment on the proposed settlement.

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