What to do if there has been a long, well-known history of assaults, thefts, and vandalism in the locker rooms at my son’s hockey rink?

UPDATED: Feb 4, 2013

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What to do if there has been a long, well-known history of assaults, thefts, and vandalism in the locker rooms at my son’s hockey rink?

The hockey association has refused to address the issue with parents and they have not done anything to increase supervision. They have decided to “punish” one of the teams by making them dress in the lobby. Since they are and have been aware of these issues for years, can the association be found negligent is a child is hurt while at practice?

Asked on February 4, 2013 under Personal Injury, South Dakota


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Based upon what you have written about concerning the history of threats and other improprieties in the locker room at the hockey rink that your son attends, the association that runs the hockey program is on actual notice of a problem and if someone is harmed due to assault, theft and vandalism in the locker rooms where there is no security guard present, then the association seemingly is at risk for being liable for all damages based upon its negligence.

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