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Oct 19, 2016 1:24 PM

Paralyzed football player's lawsuit to stay open against Nashua School District, coaches


NASHUA — A superior court judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the Nashua School District and two former coaches by a football player who was paralyzed during a practice six years ago.

A motion was previously denied to dismiss the civil lawsuit by Cooper Doucette, and last week she reaffirmed her decision by denying the school district’s motion for reconsideration, according to the Union Leader.

Doucette suffered a spinal cord injury in August of 2010 during a preseason football practice at Nashua High School North, which left him a quadriplegic.

He was 15-years-old at the time and a member of Nashua North’s junior varsity football team. Doucette, now 21, is suing the school district and former coaches Jason Robie and Donald Fournier, according to court documents on file at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua.

Attorney Brian Cullen argues in court documents that playing high school football is a recreational activity, and since the land was being used for recreational purposes, the school district and its employees shall not be held liable for any bodily injury or personal injury under RSA 507-B:5, which governs personal injury claims against municipalities.

Doucette maintains that his injury was the result of negligence from the coaches responsible for his training and supervision.

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