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Sep 2, 2016 2:21 PM

Nashua football player paralyzed during practice, now suing school and coaches

NASHUA — A former Nashua High School North football player who was paralyzed during a practice is now looking to sue the school and former coaches.

Cooper Doucette, now 21 of Nashua, was paralyzed during a tackling drill when he was a sophomore. He was 15-years-old at the time, according to the Union Leader.

Doucette's attorneys allege that the two football coaches, Jason Robie and Donald Fournier, were negligent with instructing the players on how to properly and safely tackle before running the drill.

On behalf of the school and coaches, Attorney Brian Cullen filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the school is not responsible for recreational activities that take place on recreational fields, citing RSA 507-B:5 and one other statute.

The judge denied the motion to dismiss on Aug. 15. Jury selection was scheduled for Tuesday but has since been postponed.

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