LAUSD to Pay Student $2.4 Million for Injury at Football Tryout

Johnny Rider suffered spinal injuries when he practiced without being issued protective gear.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has received a court order to pay $2.4 million to a senior who broke his neck during a school football tryout in 2008, the Los Angeles Times reports Monday.

Johnny Rider, 19, isn't paralyzed after suffering spinal injuries, but still "lives in chronic pain," according to the Times.

The school district landed in hot water when it was learned that Rider and other students were not provided protective gear on the July 8, 2008 practice.

Rider suffered a five-way cervical spine fracture when he ran read-first into padded bags and required surgery, the Times reports. His goal was to play for USC's football team.

Read the full story on the Los Angeles Times' website.


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