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Ambri Tygard, One of Three Girls Trapped Under Elevator, Files Lawsuit Against School District

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A teenager is suing the Oklahoma City Public Schools after an elevator fell on her and two other girls in November 2011.

Ambri Tygard, now 14, claims she has been disfigured and is in constant need of medical treatment after she and two other girls were trapped under an elevator at the Classen School for Advanced Studies for over 40 minutes back in 2011. She and her father have filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma City Public Schools, seeking at least $100,000 in damages in a negligence claim.

Tygard’s attorney, Thomas Steece, wrote she “has suffered and will suffer physical and emotional pain and suffering … as a result of the subject negligence.” He also wrote in the claim she has “suffered disfigurement … and will sustain the loss of enjoyment of life" as a result of injuries and damages sustained.

The girls were in seventh grade at the time of the accident, and Tygard sustained the most serious injuries of the three. They told ABC News’ Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO after the accident that they were on the school’s first floor when the decided to take the elevator.

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“I didn’t think it was unsafe or anything. I just thought it was normal, until I looked up [and] realized, ‘This isn’t the elevator. This is the shaft room,” Tygard said at the time. But by the time they realized their mistake, one of the girls had closed the door and they were locked inside as the elevator came crashing down on them.

 

Right after the accident, the school claimed responsibility and said that the door to the lift-style elevator should have been locked. Now, the school claims it was the girls’ own negligence that caused their injuries.

“Plantiff’s own negligence was the sole cause of her injuries,” school district attorney Andy Fugitt wrote. “Plantiff was comparatively negligent, and her comparative negligence is in sufficient percentage to reduce or bar any recovery herein.”

Sources: NewsOK, Daily Mail