Mainland Regional High School has temporarily suspended its popular “Cradle Rock” challenge course after the family of a student injured on the course during the previous school year filed a tort claim over the summer notifying the district that they may file a lawsuit.

Superintendent Thomas Baruffi wrote in an email that as a precaution the school has closed down the course and is completing a review of all safety issues related to its operation. He said he is aware students are not happy about the closing but that once all inspections are concluded and all recertifications are completed, the district plans to reopen the course.

The Cradle Rock challenge course uses ropes, climbing walls and cables to promote team-building, confidence and leadership. It is part of Project Adventure at the high school.

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“It’s a great program which has been in place for a long time and is very popular with the students,” Baruffi said.

The Project Adventure website recommends that courses be inspected annually, and the standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology require annual inspections. The association standards call for inspection of all hardware, materials, equipment and the condition of the environment where the course is located.

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