A high school student with asthma filed a lawsuit on December 8, 1995, claiming that she could die because school officials have failed to stop teachers and other students from smoking. The smoke has triggered severe asthma attacks that sent her to a hospital emergency room and forced her to miss six weeks of school. The defendants are the school principal and the school district superintendent, who are responsible for the health and safety of the students. She is seeking $30,000 in damages. See “Student Sues Over Smoking,” Chattanooga Times, December 22, 1995, A2.
No. 95L017045 (Il. Circuit Ct., Cook County, 1995).