LOS ANGELES – A settlement was announced Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by a woman against Los Angeles Unified in which she alleged she was injured while in high school in a 2016 flag football game that she maintained was not properly overseen by her teacher.
Alanah Stone maintained in her Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that she was 16 years old in 2016 when the teacher, Naomi Iki, allegedly told her she had to choose between playing flag football or Ultimate Frisbee in order to complete her 10th-grade physical education final at Fairfax High School.
Stone, now 22, chose the football option and said she suffered a concussion that left her with headaches, confusion, fatigue, vertigo, and cognitive problems from the Dec. 13, 2016, contest.
Stone maintained that Iki was inattentive and failed to intervene when the players started becoming aggressive.
The LAUSD contended that Iki properly oversaw the event and that Stone “apparently collided” with two other students while trying to intercept a pass, an action for which the district argued it could not be held liable.
The settlement was revealed during a final status conference before Judge Michael E. Whitaker. No terms were divulged. A jury in the first trial of the case could not reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared on March 30.