Texas A&M Bonfire Lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of
the mother of a Texas A&M student injured in a deadly bonfire collapse nearly a decade ago.

Nancy Braus had wanted justices to rule that she can sue the university because of the damage to her relationship to her son. But the court, instead, refused to hear her appeal.

Braus sued Texas A&M University officials and others after her son Dominic was injured in the Nov. 18, 1999, log pile collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27.

Lower courts had thrown out Braus' lawsuit, saying Texas law doesn't allow a parent to sue for the loss of a normal relationship with a child because of a severe injury.

The 90-year-old bonfire tradition was suspended after the 1999 collapse of the 59-foot-high, wedding cake-like stack of more than 5,000 logs. An A&M commission blamed the collapse on flawed construction techniques and the lack of adequate supervision of students assembling the stack.


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