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BOARDMAN, Ohio - A Center Middle School teacher who was injured during a drill at Boardman High School has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $125,000 in damages.

A negligence suit filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court by 59 year-old Jesse McClain III claims he broke his shoulder and hip when Boardman Police Captain Donald Hawkins tackled McClain to the floor during the April 3rd simulation of an armed intruder at the school.

McClain was playing the role of a distraught parent during the drill.

"I'm not sure exactly what happened, all I know is I did get into the school and I was running down the hall," said McClain. "The next thing I know I'm waking up off the floor."

In addition to Captain Hawkins, other defendants named in the lawsuit include the Boardman Police Department, Chief Jack Nichols, Boardman Township, Boardman Schools, Superintendent Frank Lazzeri and Specter Investigations, which the suit identifies as the planner and organizer of the drill.

The suit alleges negligence and reckless supervision by police, the schools and township.

"Everybody is kind of pushing the blame off on each other," said McClain. "And while they were pushing the blame off on each other, I was the one, nobody was paying and I was getting the calls for non payments of bills."

McClain says he underwent surgery on his hip the day after the incident and spent 13 days in the hospital. He's now being told he may need to undergo a second surgery in July.

21 News reached out to those listed in the lawsuit and their attorneys. They either did not want to comment or couldn't be reached.

Previously 21 News was told, police officers and others were supposed to treat the scenario as if it were real and officers had no knowledge of who was playing the role of the shooting suspects.

"It's really hard you give your life to your school district and your community, and you love what you're doing," said McClain. "To me it's common sense; someone over reacted, someone got hurt, pay the bills."

McClain says he has worked 38 years for the district.

"I never thought I'd see my name suing my superintendent and my school district," said McClain. "I'm not asking for salary, I'm back to work. Pay my bills."

McClain's wife Katherine is also a plaintiff, claiming loss of consortium.

The defendants have not filed a response to the suit, and no hearing dates have been scheduled.

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