Nearly six months after it was sued over a young girl’s
fatal fall from one of its school buses, the Galveston Independent School
District filed an original answer in the litigation.
Darrell Thomas sued GISD in the Galveston County 56th
District Court last Feb. 9, alleging his daughter was assaulted by other
students on the bus in question prior to her fall.
The lawsuit asserts that “suffered significant injuries,
emotional distress, and, ultimately, death” as a result of the Nov. 27, 2015
incident, and her father eventually “learned that multiple assaults occurred
for several days consecutively without any report to administration until this
last deadly incident.”
GISD’s answer, which was filed July 20, faults Thomas’
daughter for the subject event.
According to the three-page document: “This plaintiff
knowingly and intentionally opened the rear emergency door to the bus she was
riding in and stepped or jumped onto the highway sustaining severe injuries
that ultimately led to her death two days later.”
Attorney Isidro O. Castanon of the law firm Allen, Stein
& Durbin, P.C. in Palacios serves as the defendant’s lead counsel.
Galveston County 56th District Court Case No.