BLOOMINGTON -- The mother of a Kingsley Junior High School student who died after an incident at school last year has filed a lawsuit against Unit 5 and the town of Normal.
Donnie Hampton, 13, collapsed in a school hallway after he and other students were involved in a "punching game" in a restroom.
Hampton's mother Jasmine Brooks is seeking damages of more than $50,000 each from both the Normal-based school district and the town in the wrongful-death action filed Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of Hampton's May 18, 2010, death.
The student died of complications of a heart condition, according to autopsy results.
Attorneys for Brooks allege that Kingsley officials failed to stop the game known as "body shots," a game that included blows to Hampton's chest. School officials failed to monitor the restrooms and did not educate students about the dangers of the game, said the lawsuit.
Paramedics with the Normal Fire Department did not assess Hampton's injuries and begin emergency treatment in a timely manner, according to the lawsuit.
He died later that day at a Chicago hospital.
Unit 5 has received the lawsuit but it has not been reviewed, according to district spokeswoman Dayna Brown. Normal officials were unavailable to comment Friday on the lawsuit.