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Former Southeast student settles lawsuit over weight room injury
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Former Southeast student settles lawsuit over weight room injury

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Lincoln Public Schools has settled a lawsuit for $5,000 in a case brought by a former Southeast High School baseball player who alleged the district’s negligence caused him to injure his knee while lifting weights.

Caleb Calafiore, who graduated from LSE in 2015, played baseball for Southeast and was participating in an offseason workout Aug. 4, 2014, before the start of his senior year, when he was injured, according to the lawsuit filed in Lancaster County District Court.

Calafiore was doing squats when he lost his balance and fell forward. His knee landed on a jagged metal plate screwed to the floor in front of the equipment he was using, which the lawsuit contends had a number of sharp corners. The sharp corners cut Calafiore’s knee, causing permanent nerve damage and a scar.

The suit alleges Calafiore was being recruited by college baseball programs that lost interest in him after he injured his knee. The injury was still causing pain when Calafiore filed the lawsuit in April 2016.

He alleged the plate caused an unreasonable hazard.

The lawsuit was dismissed earlier this month. LPS attorney Joshua Schauer said the $5,000 settlement was about what it would cost the district to continue the litigation.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7226 or mreist@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSreist.

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Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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