LSU nursing student sues over hazing incident involving instructor

Michelle Massey Mar. 4, 2011, 5:00am

A nurse anesthetist student has filed a federal lawsuit against Louisiana State University for allegedly allowing hazing of students.

John A. Laney filed suit against Louisiana State University School of Nursing, Health and Sciences Center, A. J. Klhone and Dr. Demetrius Porche and Laura Bonanno on Feb. 22 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, Laney was subjected to hazing by a nursing instructor on June 30, 2010. Laney states the instructor cursed him, pulled a syringe out of Laney's hand and threw it at Laney, hitting a sedated patient in the head. Allegedly the instructor then told Laney that if he complained of the treatment then Laney "would not have a career in nursing."

Laney states the treatment and harassment continued over the next several days.

Laney reported the treatment to staff but he states no investigation was made. In an effort to make sure his records were not altered, Laney requested copies of his clinical evaluations but his informal request was denied.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages, interest and court costs. Laney is acting as his own attorney in the case.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00419

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