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Londonderry student suing school district over alleged assault following request to remove hat

Union Leader Correspondent

February 12. 2014 11:35PM

BRENTWOOD — A Londonderry high school student has filed a lawsuit against the school district and its administration, claiming he was assaulted by an assistant principal for not removing his hat while in the school library.

The student, Kyle Lynch, claims that he was assaulted by Assistant Principal Greg Warren on Feb. 7, 2011.

The lawsuit, which is filed in Rockingham County Superior Court, claims Warren "became enraged" at Lynch. During the alleged confrontation, Warren assaulted Lynch "by physically ejecting him from his seat, propelling him from the premises of the library and eventually hurling the plaintiff into a masonry wall causing him to strike his head," lawyer James Walker said in a court complaint.

Walker said in the lawsuit that his client "sustained certain body injuries which required medical treatment including a closed head injury as well as emotional and other injuries resulting from the defendants' misconduct."

The lawsuit names the school district, Superintendent Nathan Greenberg, high school Principal Jason Parent and Warren as defendants.

Greenberg said on Wednesday that he could not comment on the lawsuit, and he had not yet seen a copy of it.

The lawsuit contends that Warren had a duty to ensure that Lynch was not injured as a result of his decision to remove him from the Londonderry High School library.

It also says that Lynch "suffered severe, painful and permanent injuries including, but not limited to, (a) closed head injury, concussion and emotional injuries and damages."

Walker said in court papers that his client continues to incur medical expenses as a result of the incident. He also argues that Lynch will "suffer loss of educational opportunities and loss of enjoyment of life."

No specific damages are requested in the lawsuit. Walker asked for a jury trial in the matter.

The school district will have until April to respond in court.

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