posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 04:14 PM
In Glenview, IL, a settlement has been reached between the parents of a sixth-grader and Glenview School District 34 for $2 Million for the choking
death of their daughter in class on marshmallows. The students began to play a game when the teacher, Kevin Dorken, left the classroom and the
children started to see who could stick the most marshmallows into their mouths and say, "chubby bunny." Catherine "Casey" Fish began to choke.
After students ran to get another teacher upon seeing her lips turning blue, she was rushed to a hospital. She died several hours later. The parents
sued the school stating the school was responsible for any dangerous games played with or without supervision.
Casey's parents had argued that Glenview School District 34 (search) and teacher Kevin Dorken (search) were responsible for the girl's death
because Dorken, who had been supervising the game, was out of the room when the children started stuffing marshmallows in their mouths, seeing who
could hold the most and still say the words "chubby bunny."
School attorney Thomas DiCianni had argued that Casey never really was out of teachers' supervision because the way the school's rooms are set up,
other teachers were within view of Dorken's room.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This is truly a tragic story of what most would consider a childish childrens game gone horribly awry. This also seems, however, to perpetuate this
mentality that money can solve all problems. While the parents claimed they were doing it to for the principle, they were willing to settle for $2
While I don't have all the details of the settlement, nothing was mentioned about any change in policy or any laws being written, not that there are
any I can think of which would prevent kids from being kids. The lawyer for the family said, "This case was never about money. This case has been
about getting the message across to America that dangerous games should not be played in school, with or without supervision." He also mentioned he
was surprised with the settlement because the family had been seeking $2 million for their daughter's life.
[edit on 6-2-2005 by junglejake]