School district at center of lawsuit over stage collapse said student put herself at risk

FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file image from video provided by Zach Rader, students perform during a musical production at Westfield, Ind., High School just before a stage collapsed injuring 17 of the students. Authorities said Tuesday, May 19, 2015, an orchestra pit cover that collapsed during the performance, sending several students falling, had been replaced earlier this year and wasn't properly designed. Police say all but one of the injured students have returned to class and no charges will be filed. (Zach Rader via AP, File)

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana school district says a student injured in a stage collapse last year during a musical put herself at risk by participating in the show.

The Indianapolis Star reports the argument is part of a response filed Wednesday by an attorney for Westfield Washington Schools to a lawsuit from the mother of the Westfield High School student.

Jennifer Hoffman says school officials didn’t properly supervise the employee who constructed the stage, leading to her daughter’s injuries. Her lawyer questions the district’s response.

The stage collapsed during the April 23, 2015, grand finale of an “American Pie” show while students sang and danced. It sent dozens of students into the orchestra pit. None of the 17 injuries were life-threatening. Westfield is about 20 miles north of Indianapolis.

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