A federal judge has cleared the way for a trial in a civil rights suit filed under the “state-created danger” theory by a high school wrestler who was rendered quadriplegic after his coach allowed a much heavier college wrestler to demonstrate a move on him.

In his 40-page opinion in Sciotto v. Marple Newtown School District, U.S. District Judge Lowell A. Reed Jr. found that a jury could hold the coach and athletic director liable because they were aware of the danger based on previous complaints from parents and at least one prior injury.

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