• Father Sues Union School Board Over Dog Bite Incident

    MONROE, N.C.,None - A lawsuit alleges Western Union Elementary School staff acted negligently after a former student was bitten last winter.

    According to a suit filed with the Union County Clerk of Court on July 29, Edward C. Parr alleges his son, Jordan, was bitten by a stray pit bull terrier approximately 1 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2010. The dog wandered onto the school playground and attacked the boy, the complaint states.

    The Union County Board of Education admits the dog was on the school property and that Jordan Parr was bitten, but denies responsibility, according to a Aug. 12 answer filed by the board's attorney, David R. DiMatteo.

    The suit asks for at least $10,000 from the Union County Board of Education for damages after the boy was bitten.

    The complaint argues that the school staff knew the stray dog was on the property and that it was aggressive. At 7:45 a.m. the same day, the dog nipped at a teacher, the suit claims.

    Phone calls to the offices of DiMatteo and Parr's attorney, Aimee E. Bennington, were not returned Tuesday.

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