October 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has refused to consider whether the mother of a Texas A&M student injured in a deadly bonfire collapse nearly a decade ago can sue because of the damage to her relationship to her son.
The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Nancy Braus, who sued Texas A&M University officials and others after her son Dominic was injured in the Nov. 18, 1999 log pile collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27.
Lower courts have thrown out Braus' lawsuit, saying Texas law does not allow a parent to sue for the loss of a normal relationship with their child because of a severe injury.
The 90-year-old bonfire tradition was suspended after the 1999 collapse of the 59-foot-high, wedding cake-like stack of more than 5,000 logs. An A&M commission blamed the collapse on flawed construction techniques and the lack of adequate supervision of students assembling the stack.