On January 7, 2009, the Gloucester Gazette reported a brain injury suit filed by Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. The article is titled “Suit seeks $9 million in GHS incident”.

Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs retained Richmond counsel for Defendant, Assistant Principal Burns, who was new on the job in 2006. Burns enjoys $6,000,000.00 in insurance coverage for the GHS assault and battery.

The Plaintiff suffered permanent brain injuries in 2006 from being attacked by another student, who reportedly was encouraged by his older sister. Gloucester High School made accommodations to allow the victim to graduate in 2007.

By deposition, another Gloucester High student testified that he warned Assistant Principal Burns the victim was being targeted for an altercation, that Burns promised he would alert security, and that Burns took absolutely no action instead. By affidavits, both of the victims’ parents swore under oath Burns admitted his fault, that he had “dropped the ball”.