How Could They Force Fragile Teenagers to Play Musical Chairs?

How could they? How could they force defenseless, fragile teenagers to participate in such a dangerous, demeaning activity as a game of musical chairs?

Well, that’s what happened at a tony private prep school in New York City, and it is now the subject of a lawsuit. It seems one of her classmates pulled the chair out from under her and she fell on her bum. And sustained incalculably horrific emotional damage:

An innocent game of musical chairs at an Upper East Side prep school is headed to court — because one of the students yanked the seat from under ­another kid and she landed on her duff.

Manhattan plaintiff Kate Liggett claims that she was injured when her York Prep high-school classmate pulled out her chair during what was supposed to be a fun class activity in 2016.

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The exclusive West 68th Street school — which charges tuition of nearly $50,000 a year and counts Liv Tyler as a grad — is at least partly at fault because it forced her to participate in the game that led to her downfall, according to Liggett’s Manhattan court suit.

According to the lawsuit, the school was way out of line in allowing–er, “forcing”–kids with “disparate physical skills and builds” to play a game together. For the  benefit of today’s college graduates, “disparate” means “different.” Kids should only be allowed to play games with those who have exactly the same physical skills and builds as they do.

Wouldn’t that make it kind of hard to get up a game of anything but solitaire? I mean, how many people do you know who have exactly the same physical skills and build as yours?

The only question that needs to be answered here is, who’s the biggest schmendrick–the lawyer or the parents?

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com.

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