Ex-Countryside High wrestler files suit against PInellas school board
A former wrestler at Countryside High has filed suit against the Pinellas school board in the wake of a hallway encounter that left him in intensive care for three days.
The complaint, filed Sept. 18 in Pinellas circuit court, says Richard Serra III was "violently attacked by another student" on Feb. 10 and suffered "bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering." It says the school board "negligently failed to provide and maintain a safe environment for its students." It says Serra is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.
According to a March St. Petersburg Times story, police reports say Serra slammed his head after he and another student "began some horseplay" and was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. A senior and a promising wrestler at the time, Serra was left with a broken left rib, a fractured skull, a reptured ear drum and a broken left collar bone that required surgery. The other student was suspended for 15 days.