Former Leon High student awarded nearly $100,000 in pep rally lawsuit

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By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A lawsuit nearly three years in the making has finally been resolved. A jury ruled in favor of a former Leon High School student, who was awarded close to $100,000 after she was injured during a pep rally.

According to the claim, LHS hosted a "black out" pep rally in 2017. The suit claims the school was negligent in allowing the pep rally to take place when it knew the dangers.

The claim says the plaintiff, Jennifer Huynh, was recovering from injuries she sustained in a car accident, including a broken hip, which were aggravated during the pep rally when the students formed a mosh pit and fell down like dominoes in the bleachers. The suit also alleges Huynh broke another bone during the incident.

Huynh's attorney says prior to the "black out" pep rally, there was another incident involving a mosh pit during a pep rally. The suit claims the necessary precautions to prevent someone from getting hurt weren't taken.

"The jury rendered a fair verdict," said Hal Lewis, Huynh's attorney. "We put damages on the board that were very reasonable and it has to cover her for the next 60 years of her life, so when you break it down that way, it's not that much over 60 years."

Lewis added that Huynh is happy to now have the situation behind her and is trying to move forward with her life.

Leon County Schools is on the hook to pay more than half of the sum - over $60,000. WCTV reached out to the school district but a spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

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