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Teen hurt at school takes legal action against Palm Beach Co. School District

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An 18-year-old is now suing the Palm Beach County School District after she was injured during a Junior ROTC class.

Trinity Harmon says what happened to her has changed her life forever.

Harmon, of Loxahatchee, fights back tears when she recalls the incident three years ago at Seminole Ridge High.

A massive tractor tire fell on top of her, crushing her feet.

Trinity and her lawyers say the tire was about five feet in diameter and weighed nearly 500 pounds.

She says the Junior ROTC instructors told her and some other students to roll the tire outside, where it would be used for some physical training drills.

As they were moving it, the tire fell over on top of her, knocking her to the ground.

“It was really frightening, I was honestly petrified," Harmon said. "I had no clue what was happening. I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I knew it was falling, I just didn’t know where. I was in excruciating pain. I couldn’t feel anything at first. I couldn’t feel my legs."

“Had the school just done anything to supervise to assist these kids, to tell them what it is that they needed to do to move this tire properly, all this could’ve been prevented,” said Ian Duncan, an attorney with Steinger, Greene and Feiner in West Palm Beach.

Harmon says she suffered broken bones in both of her feet.

She and her mother are suing the school district for negligence.

The school district says it does not comment on pending litigation.

The state caps the damages they can collect at $200,000 and Duncan says that’s what they are seeking.

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