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Woman Stabbed at Anger Management Training Sues Company that Ran the Class

Posted Dec 7, 2011 8:16 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Luna Oraivej learned about the consequences of angry outbursts during an unintended lesson at her anger management training, a lawsuit contends.

Oraivej, 37, was stabbed in the arms by a classmate who became enraged by a Dr. Phil video, according to Oraivej's suit against the not-for-profit company that ran the class, the Court Services Institute. King 5 interviewed Oraivej and posted the complaint.

Oraivej says the teen stabbed her with a paring knife after Oraivej encouraged the girl to give Dr. Phil a chance.

The teen was arrested, the suit says, but Oraivej finished the class because of her fears she would go to jail if she didn’t complete the work. The instructor didn’t correct her, telling Oraivej there was just a little more coursework to complete, according to the complaint. “Ms. Oraivej stayed until the end of class while bleeding profusely, earned her certificate, and promptly went to the hospital,” the suit says.

Lorraine Nelson, the president of Court Services Institute, told King 5 that the incident was an isolated case. The instructor had previously worked as a parole officer, she said, and would have been trained in handling angry people.

Oraivej says she was in class because she broke a DVD player during a domestic dispute. Legal Blog Watch noted the story.

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