OC ex-student awarded $3.8M for metal shop injury

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Updated: 7/03 4:05 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County jury has awarded $3.8 million to a former high school student whose hand was badly injured in a metal shop class.

City News Service says the award was made Wednesday in Bryan Zavala's lawsuit against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Zavala was 16 when three of his fingers got stuck between a sander and a work table in a 2011 accident.

His lawsuit contended that the machine was dangerous and improperly placed and that the teacher taught an improper grinding technique and failed to supervise students.

Messages left for a district spokeswoman weren't immediately returned.

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