Shane Reese, a 12 year old Bronx boy, was sitting out of gym class in Intermediate School 219; located at 3630 3rd Ave. Bronx, NY 10456, last December. He was not playing because he had recently been in a car accident and suffered injury that required dental work. It was raining that day and teachers had brought 6 classes into the gym to play inside. They then handed out soccer balls, instead of soft foam balls, and told the children to play dodgeball. There were more than 100 children into the gymnasium at the time. School officials did not comment on how many teachers were in the gym supervising. During the chaos, one of the dodgeballs flew across the gym and hit Shane in the face, breaking his teeth and ruining his newly repaired dental work. Dodgeball has been discouraged since 1996 but has never been officially banned. Reese’s family has filed a lawsuit against the Bronx middle school. Reports say the school has offered Reese $20,000.00 to settle the case without having to go to court, but the report also says the family will let the judge decide on a fair amount.
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