Wis. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of District After Cheerleading Mishap

A former western Wisconsin high school student has lost her suit claiming negligence after she fell and injured herself during a cheerleading stunt. The lawsuit drew national attention from schools and districts concerned over liability for unintentional injuries caused extracurricular activities.

Brittany Noffke and her parents lost their appeal before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Jan. 27. The court decided the male teammate accused of failing to catch Noffke and the school district were not liable for damages caused by a “contact” sport.

Noffke was a varsity cheerleader at Holmen High School when she fell and hit her head during a cheer stunt before a basketball game in 2004.

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