http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_2094056.php HUNTINGTON BEACH Two students are taking legal action against Huntington Beach school districts saying they cut their fingers on wood cutting saws because the districts were negligent. Officials are saying the two cases are not related and are coincidental. Student Patricia McCormack filed a lawsuit against the Huntington Beach Union High School District on May 30 saying she "sustained a grievous injury to her left thumb" while she was using a table saw in a technical theater class. Huntington Beach High School teacher Joseph Batte had injured himself earlier during the class and had left to find medical aid, leaving the class unattended, according to the suit. A conference is set for Dec. 12 to discuss the case. District lawyers and the student's attorney did not return phone calls to the Register. A claim a precursor to a lawsuit was also filed against the Huntington Beach City School District April 21 saying an unnamed student severely injured his finger while using a band saw at Sowers Middle School. The claim alleges that the teacher Charles Kelly and the district negligently allowed a minor to use the "dangerous" saw without proper instruction or supervision. The family is asking for more than $500,000 in damages. "It was just an accident," said Assistant Superintendent Michael Curran. "Nothing was wrong with the equipment." The student's lawyer, Edward Morris, did not comment on the case. ------------------------------------------------------ In the past 10 years, my parents have been sued by a tenant who tripped and fell inside her own apartment and another woman who while rushing to catch a closing door, hit her head on the door. In the U.S., we reward the stupid and clumsy.