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High School Senior In Sisters Files Suit Against School District

OPB | March 27, 2014 5:57 p.m. | Updated: March 28, 2014 11:10 a.m.

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A high school senior in Central Oregon has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the Sisters School District.

Josh Ward

Josh Ward

David Nogueras / OPB

It was few days days before Christmas in 2012, when Josh Ward says his shop teacher asked him to cut some wooden spacers on a table saw.

As he pushed, the board lifted slightly.  The blade’s steel teeth took hold, flinging the wood so hard across the room, it put a hole in the wall.  Ward says at first he was worried someone else may have been hurt.

“…until I started feeling a warmth coming down my wrist.”

The blade severed three fingers on his left hand.  So far he’s had 6 surgeries.

Ward believes the accident could have been prevented had the school purchased a special safety saw.  The device costs a few thousand dollars.  But it can stop the blade within milliseconds of contact.  Now he wants to get the word out.

“Seeing the struggle that I’ve gone through and what my family has gone through is nothing that any family should have to go through with their teenager,” says Ward.

Calls to the Sisters School District were not returned.

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