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Written by FM Staff  |  Found in: Dinner Dialogue

When Elizabeth Lloyd was hit in the side of the face by an errant throw during a baseball game a few years ago,  the catcher who threw the ball, Matthew Migliaccio, immediately apologized for it.  Initially, Mrs. Lloyd accepted the apology, despite the fact that the hit no doubt hurt, and she later received medical attention for a broken bone in her face.   After further thought, Mrs. Lloyd, and her lawyer decided that the action was worthy of a lawsuit - three actually - one for assault and battery, another for negligent and inappropriate sporting activity, and a third from Lloyds husband, who is suing for losing full enjoyment of his wife.  They're suing for over $150,000 in damages and an undefined amount for pain and suffering.  A lawsuit like that would be daunting for any ballplayer to face  - even more so for Matthew,  since he was only eleven years old when he made that errant throw.

Read the article: NJ woman hit with ball sues Little League player (Yahoo! News)

Serve it Up:

  • What is your initial reaction upon hearing of a woman suing an 11 year old for something that seems like it could have so easily been an accident?  If you were Matthew's parents, what do you think your reaction would be?
  • How does Matthew's young age factor in?  If he were a high school catcher would you view things differently?  What about if he were a Minor League catcher?  Major League?  What if he were only six?
  • Matthew made his errant throw while warming up a pitcher in the bullpen - his throw went clear over a fence.  How responsible should children be for their actions when they result in someone's harm? How does intent factor in? Does age excuse intent? Are there times when you've used your age to avoid consequences?
  • The bible is clear that we will all be held accountable of the good or evil of our actions (2 Corinthians 5:10), at what age do you expect that children should be held fully accountable for their own actions? Should repeating a "mistake" lead to greater consequences (or the greater likelihood of consequences

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