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Family sues after Rolling Meadows High School student loses thumb

A Rolling Meadows High School student had to have her thumb amputated after she was injured in a table saw accident while working for a school theater production, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Her father, Phillip Walter, is suing Township High School District 214 for negligence over the Jan. 24 incident, according the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

He claims his daughter Dawn Walter was instructed to use the table saw while enrolled in the school’s Tech Crew, a stage crew that builds sets and props for the high school’s theater productions.

She was ripping a board when the table saw kicked back, and her thumb had to be amputated because of the incident, the suit alleges.

Walter claims the power tool was missing its original blade guard and anti-kickback device that may have prevented her injury. He blames the school district for allowing students to use the machine without the blade guard, claiming it went against the manufacturer’s safety recommendations and school policy.

District 214 officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.



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