Early arguments heard in girl's football suit

June 15, 1993

Lawyers for the county school board asked a Carroll County judge to dismiss a $1.25 million suit filed in August by the county's first female high school football player.

Tawana Hammond, a safety and fullback for the Francis Scott Key Eagles, is seeking damages as a result of injuries she received during a 1989 scrimmage. She claims in her suit that the school board failed to adequately warn her of the dangers inherent in football.

Her mother, Peggy Hammond, also is a plaintiff in the case.

In arguments before Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. yesterday, the school board lawyers said they had no duty to warn Miss Hammond, now 20, of the dangers of football. Even so, they have said in Carroll Circuit Court filings, they did give her and her parents warnings of football's potential hazards.

Judge Beck also heard arguments from Miss Hammond's attorneys to move the case to another county because of pretrial publicity.

Judge Beck said he will issue his decision in writing. If he doesn't dismiss the lawsuit, a jury trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 2.

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