Judges Finds School Negligent for Allowing Wired Glass in Non-Compliant
Tyler Boatwright, the 15-year-old from Dallas, Ore., accused of
committing third-degree assault when he pushed someone's head through
a wired glass window, was found not guilty. Greg Abel, founder of
Advocates for Safe Glass, testified in Boatwright's favor, saying
if the proper glass had been used in the window application the
victim would not have sustained the severe injuries that he did.
The judge overseeing the case reviewed a variety of records and
paperwork as evidence, including letters from the Consumer Products
Safety Commission, defining the allowable criteria for the wired
glass exemption to apply.
"The Judge ruled that there was no intention on his [Boatwright's]
part because he would have made the same assumption that wired glass
was stronger and would not break with unsafe characteristics," says
Able told USGNN.com/USGlass magazine that the judge also reviewed
whether the Oregon building code permitted the use of wired glass
in that particular type of application and found that it does not
and has not since the 2003 code change.
"The judge found that the school was negligent in allowing non-safety
glazing that was not in compliance with the federal safety glazing
standards; the wired glass should not have been there," says Abel.
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