Teacher plans to sue St. Paul Public Schools after student attack


A teacher who was injured while trying to break up a fight at St. Paul Central High School earlier this month plans to file a lawsuit against the district.

John Ekblad, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the incident, has hired an attorney to begin civil litigation against the St. Paul Public School District, Philip Villaume, of the Villaume & Schiek law office, said in a news release Monday. The suit will allege "negligence in failing to provide him with a workplace free of assaultive behavior and violence in general."

The suit, the release says, will argue the district failed to properly safeguard its teachers and staff members, despite being aware of ongoing violence towards teachers within the St. Paul Public School District.

Ekblad, who is expected to make a statement regarding the pending lawsuit at a news conference Tuesday, was injured when he tried to breakup a fight between students in the lunchroom earlier this month.

Witnesses say a 16-year-old student, who has pleaded guilty, slammed Ekblad into a concrete wall and a table, before starting to choke him, according to the charges.

This was the 27th case Ramsey County has handled this year relating to students attacking school officials – a figure that's almost double last year's number.

A spokesperson for the district told BringMeTheNews they hadn't received any information about the lawsuit and can't comment about ongoing litigation.

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