The trial involving a La Cañada High School student injured as a result of a fall from the school bleachers during an assembly was continued a third time Monday, said Robert Glassman, the attorney for the family of LCHS senior Ethan Kalnins.
Glassman said the trial, which he expects could last several weeks, now is set to begin on Tuesday, April 17, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles.
“We showed up to court ready to go and the lawyers for the district came up with another excuse for delaying this trial,” Glassman said Monday. “It’s quite frustrating and I voiced that to the judge this morning. I told him, ‘We really would like to see this trial start and they just keep coming up with one excuse after another for delaying the truth from coming out.’”
Glassman said the district’s legal team explained Monday that it is tied up with another case in Riverside County, but that Judge Dennis Landin “made it clear that [April 17] is going to be a firm date.”
The Kalnins trial initially was scheduled to begin in January but was postponed until March 5, when it was rescheduled again to accommodate the schedules of expert witnesses who might be called to appear, Glassman said.
Kalnins’ family is suing La Cañada Unified School District over the incident, which left him with a broken hip that required surgery. They also are expected to argue that Kalnins suffers anxiety and post-traumatic stress as a result of the fall.
“He’s gone back to see the doctor who did the surgery,” Glassman said. “He’s been experiencing some flare-ups of pain in his hip, and we’re trying to manage that for him, but the pain is there and not going away.”
Late last year Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said she was limited as to what she could say on the matter beyond a statement that read: “The District has made efforts to settle, and has also rectified the very condition that is the subject of the plaintiff’s complaint. However, the District must refrain from further comment out of respect for the privacy rights of the plaintiff.”
— Mirjam Swanson