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Family files lawsuit against DPS a year after World of Wonder stabbing

Saturday, May 6, will mark the one year anniversary of the day a 7-year-old girl was stabbed in the back by a stranger during recess at World of Wonder Elementary School. (Photo: Dayton Police Department)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Saturday, May 6, will mark the one year anniversary of the day a 7-year-old girl was stabbed in the back by a stranger during recess at World of Wonder Elementary School. Now, the family of the victim is coming after Dayton Public Schools (DPS) for damages.

"The child is still experiencing nightmares," her attorney Michael Wright said. "There's nerve issues related to the stab wounds. There's still scarring. There's multiple things that can be done to help this child."

Wright is hoping to find answers for the family, calling the safety protocol at the school completely inadequate. At the time, the playground did not have a fence, but does now.

"It is my understanding that, that security officer didn't come to work that day, or as opposed to something different, or adding a security officer to replace the officer. They did nothing," Wright said.

Kamaria Dickerson lives by the school, and her son went to World of Wonder.

"They knew if they didn't see someone who belonged to the school to be close to your teacher," Dickerson said.

The family is seeking $25,000 from their lawsuit.

"The medical bills, and the future medical treatment that the child is going to need, needs to be paid for," Wright said.

So far the suspect remains at large. Wright said the family is still concerned, but neighbors are not as worried.

"I think I feel safe because I don't think the person is going to return," said Kamaria's mother Theresa Dickerson.

"I think someone out here knows who that was, and they absolutely need to turn that person in," Kamaria Dickerson said.

In a statement to FOX45, DPS said they have a lawyer, and are committed to finding the person responsible. There is an $11,000 reward for anyone with information that can lead to a conviction. Wright said he has spoken with the lawyers of the school district.

"He believed that they have complete immunity, and that they are going to proceed in that manner," Wright said.

FOX 45 was told that the DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr was not available for an interview.

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