So we’re poring over the court documents Unfair Park posted Monday about Episcopal School of Dallas teacher Nathan Campbell’s alleged affair with a student. And for all its tragic elements, the story contains some amusing legal-speak.
My favorite note so far regards ESD’s claim of charitable immunity, which would allow it to cap damages at $500,000. Here, the plaintiff-family’s attorney compares a soup kitchen to the menu at the school’s $30 million wellness center (a building we’ve certainly crowed about on our sister site):
The contrast between a bona fide charity and what ESD does is stark. A classic example of a bona fide charity is a soup kitchen or food pantry that relies upon volunteers and raises money to perform the charitable function of feeding the poor of Dallas. Contrast that bona fide charity with ESD that raises and spends over $30 million to build a “Wellness” Center named after its Headmaster — not an essential and needed service for the use of the citizens of ‘Texas and local communities” — so that privileged students can eat in a fancy dining hall, select from a multitude of “organic” and “locally sourced” dining options, and decide whether on … Thursday they would like to eat for lunch “Pan-Roasted Pork Loin w/ Chasseur Sauce,” “Chicken Florentine w/Suprême Sauce,” or “Grilled Asparagus w/ Sauce Moutarde” from among the multitude of selections created by ESD’s Registered Dietitians.
The menu itself becomes an exhibit later. And you can see all that and more in the 200+ pages of documents that’re now online.
Want to cut to the chase? Pick up Friday’s issue of Park Cities People. In the meantime, here’s a refresher from last May.