GOVT 280 Research Paper

GOVT 280 Research Paper Liberty University

The purpose of this paper is to provide practical application of material learned by developing concepts presented in the textbook and presentations. The paper must be at least 6 pages (double spaced, 12-point font). The 6 pages must include a title page and a page of references.

In order to write this paper, you will need to carefully study the materials and concepts that you have gathered and analyzed in this class. Stylistic points such as spelling and grammar will be considered in grading. Your paper must be in current Turabian format. Doing the minimum amount of work does not guarantee a perfect score.

Topic: Self-Defense Nightmare

The research paper has 2 steps. First, you will analyze the situation provided in the case study. Then, you will apply the concepts learned in this course in order to answer the questions provided.

Be sure to use any information you can gather to answer your questions including any actual cases you can provide as factual support for your conclusions.

The Scenario:

Jack Bond, a renowned self-defense instructor working for a local community recreation center, wished to give a real life learning experience to his students. Unbeknownst to his class, Bond decided that he would surreptitiously pay an actor to come in to the middle of one of his classes and attack Bond. Then, Bond could show his class how to defend themselves in a real-world setting.

The actor, Christie Steeple, showed up one evening to class. She entered via the side door and immediately began screaming at Bond that he was a “no-good man” and that “he was going to get what he had coming to him.” She then charged at him and began to choke him.

As he was being choked and was about to demonstrate his self-defense tactics, one of his students, Kelly Knight, ran forward and attempted to stab Steeple with a pen in an effort to protect her teacher. Unfortunately, because Knight is new to class, she had bad aim and missed Steeple – striking another student, Larry Lark, in the leg. However, Bob Eagen has been a member of the class for months. He used a manipulative technique to throw Steeple down to the ground and while doing so broke her arm.

As Bond feared, several students did not know how to react to what they perceived as an actual attacker. They cowered in fear in corners screaming and sobbing and required months of intensive counseling after the incident in order to regain their confidence.

Sadly, one of the students, Sandy Slep, was so devastated after watching what she believed was an actual attack that she fled the building. She sprinted across the street and was struck by a car – killing her instantly.

As a part of your essay please fully explain the following using tort concepts learned in this course.

Additionally, please fully analyze the following scenarios:

  • Does Steeple have a successful claim against Bond? On what basis?
  • Would Steeple have a successful claim against Eagen? On what basis?
  • Does Lark have any successful claims against Knight? Against Bond?
  • Do any of the students who fled into corners have successful claims and against whom?
  • What claims revolve around Sandy Slep and against whom?

Please justify all of your answers with supportive examples and list all sources.

Lastly, be sure to analyze what types of damages would be awarded in successful claims and why those damages are appropriate.

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