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'Violent' Pig Attack on Class Trip Leaves Girl Permanently Injured: Lawsuit

By Nicholas Rizzi | August 4, 2017 1:41pm | Updated on August 7, 2017 9:01am

STATEN ISLAND — A 10-year-old girl was permanently injured after she was "violently" attacked by a pig during a school trip, and city staff failed to protect her from the "malicious" swine, a lawsuit claims.

Nubia Braithwaite and her daughter filed a suit against the Department of Education last week claiming teachers didn't make sure the girl wasn't "placed into a situation of danger" during the 2016 trip, the New York Daily News first reported.

While at a Vermont farm, P.S. 57 staff put the child "in an uncontrolled setting while the pig was feeding," and should've know the hog "previously exhibited dangerous, vicious and malicious natures," according to the suit.

The incident stemmed from a trip the girl took with her class to Spring Brook Farm in Reading, Vermont on Aug. 5, 2016.

The girl was in the same area as the pig while it was feeding without the proper "safety, supervision [and] protection," and the animal attacked Braithwaite, the suit claims.

The attack left her "sick, sore, lame and disabled" and will be "permanently caused to suffer pain" because of her injuries, according to the suit.

The lawsuit does not detail how the pig attacked her or what injuries she sustained from it.

Farms for City Kids, the nonprofit that hosted the trips to the farm, did not want to comment for this story but told the Daily News no animal attacked the girl on the trip.

"The young lady slipped and fell onto her knee as she was carrying food down to the pigs," Rob Macri, the education director for the nonprofit, told the paper. "The young lady was not attacked by any pig."

The Braithwaite's lawyer, Paul Marber, did not respond to a request for comment.

"We’ll review the complaint and work with DOE to get to the bottom of what happened," a spokesman for the city's Law Department said in a statement.