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Former cadet files lawsuit against Riverside Military Academy
Suit alleges school should have intervened more in fight where he suffered concussion
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A former Riverside Military Academy cadet filed a lawsuit in Hall County State Court claiming the school should have intervened more before he suffered a concussion in a fight.

Stephen Wechsler and his counsel, Laurie Speed, filed the suit Sept. 11 relating to a fight at Riverside Military Academy on Oct. 14, 2013.

In the complaint, Wechsler claimed a fellow cadet with a history of violence approached him in the dormitory hallway. While attempting to walk away from the cadet who was insulting him, Wechsler claimed the cadet “punched (him) in the face, knocking him unconscious,” according to the lawsuit.

“(The cadet) continued to punch and knee Stephen until he was eventually pulled away by Riverside staff,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit continues in its claims that the other cadet was allegedly known to be in a “fight club” and sent another cadet to the hospital the week before.

Wechsler was treated for a concussion, broken nose, deviated septum and “had his bottom and top front two teeth fractured,” according to the lawsuit.

An attempt to reach Speed for comment was unsuccessful.

Riverside Military Academy President Col. James Benson said in a statement that he was aware of the lawsuit.

“The perpetrator was immediately expelled,” Benson said. “After receiving treatment for his injuries, which included contusions, dental fractures, and a deviated septum, the victim continued as a student at the Academy until his graduation in May of 2014. Unfortunately, fights break out in every high school, and Riverside is no exception.”

The lawsuit claims Riverside Military Academy did not exercise ordinary care to protect Wechsler’s safety. Wechsler and his counsel are seeking a jury trial and are seeking damages and court costs.

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