Kansas Military School Ignored 'Dangerous and Disturbing Culture' of Brutality, Lawsuit Says


Kansas Military School Accused of Ignoring Abuse

"Once again, rather than getting J.M. necessary and immediate medical attention, the staff and students decided to play with J.M. They dragged him by his ankles, shaking them wildly, kicked him in the knees, demanded he stand up on his broken legs and threatened to punch him in his mouth if he did not stop screaming," the lawsuit said.

That night, the lawsuit said his mattress was placed on the floor and he was dumped from a shopping cart onto the ground. He was able to get his upper body onto the mattress and spent the night on the floor, the documents said.

"He was yelled at and told to stand again," the lawsuit said. "After explaining he could not stand up, he was put in a chair and rolled to the nurse's office. While waiting to see a nurse, it was, finally, at this point when an ambulance was called."

An X-ray at the hospital showed J.M. had two broken legs with the bone displaced several inches below the knee, according to the lawsuit.

Each plaintiff "continues to suffer his own distinct damages as a result of St. John's negligence in the form of medical bills, psychiatric bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering and other damages," the lawsuit said.

"The lawsuit and the allegations contained therein speaks to the culture and the environment of the school and our contention that there is a pattern and practice that has been going on for a while and needs to be fixed," the plaintiffs' attorney, Dan Zmijewski, told ABCNews.com

England, however, said the claims are unfounded and that his school is simply providing a system that teaches teenage boys structure.

"There's a high level of accountability," he said, "from the moment their boots hit the ground until their head hits their pillow."

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