Woman Stabbed by Anger Management Classmate Files Lawsuit
A Washington woman who was stabbed by a classmate during a court-ordered anger management class has filed a lawsuit against the company that was running the class.
Luna Oraivej, the victim, is alleging that the Court Services Institute instructor sat by and did not intervene while she was being attacked.
Oraivej claims that she was stabbed by a classmate when a conflict arose during a viewing of an episode of "Dr. Phil" in the class. The alleged attacker, Faribah Maradiaga, was "yelling and cursing" at the video, according to the complaint.
When instructor Eric Leberg failed to respond to the commotion, Oraivej "politely" asked Maradiaga to "stop yelling at the video and 'give it a chance.'"
"Ms. Maradiaga stood up and, shouting loudly, began threatening violence on Plaintiff and verbally assaulting her," the complaint said.
Maradiaga allegedly had a three-inch knife and stabbed Oraivej multiple times in the shoulders.
"After stabbing Plaintiff at least three times, Ms. Maradiaga threatened, 'I'm going to f***ing kill you and your family, b***h!'" the complaint said.
The complaint alleges that the instructor "remained seated and did nothing to intervene or deescalate the hostile confrontation between the two anger management class students."
When the instructor finally intervened, he allegedly "nonchalantly walked over" and took Maradiaga out of the room.
"With blood from the stab wounds soaking through her clothes and flowing down her arms, Ms. Oraivej managed to call 911 by herself," the complaint said. "Mr. Leberg did not return, leaving Luna Oraivej terrified and bleeding in the classroom."
After EMT's cleaned up her wounds, Oraivej stayed to finish the class. Since it was the second of her two court-ordered classes, she was afraid she would face punishment if she did not complete it.
She had been ordered to take the class as a condition to the dismissal of a charge of malicious mischief following an argument in her home where she broke a hinge on her portable DVD player.
Though the attack occurred in October 2010, Oraivej's attorney Andrew Ackley said his client has been traumatized by the event and still worries about danger.
"She definitely is concerned for her safety, for the safety of her family," Ackley said. "The attacker threatened her life and to kill her family."
Maradiaga was in the class after being terminated from her adult high school program when she "flew into a rage" and "body slammed" her principal.
Ackley said Maradiaga has since disappeared.
"No one can find the woman who stabbed her," Ackley said. "She was on Washington's most wanted list. She's still on the run."
"No one at CSI ever contacted Luna Oraivej following the stabbing to see if she was okay, to wish her well, or even to offer her a refund on the class," the complaint said.
When asked about the incident, a representative for Court Services Institute said, "We have no comment. We have not even been served yet."
Oraivej "has suffered and continues to suffer permanent and painful injuries, personal damage and disability, severe emotional distress, severe anxiety for her safety and the safety of her family, loss of enjoyment of life, and other general damages in an amount to be proven at the time of trial."
She is seeking damages, the amount of which will be determined in court.