Lawsuit: Patrol academy run like 'paramilitary boot camp'
Posted October 26, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — A former cadet in the State Highway Patrol training academy has filed suit against her two former instructors, blaming them for injuries she suffered that have left her permanently disabled.
Jennifer Elisabeth Martin is seeking at least $30,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from Susan Raye Moreau and Gregory Noal Gentieu in the suit, which was filed two weeks ago in Wake County Superior Court.
Martin alleges that while at the 29-week Basic School in 2008, she suffered numerous ailments from training, including a cracked hip and a stress fracture of her thigh bone. The instructors disregarded her pain and ordered her to continue physical training, which ultimately caused her left leg to separate from the hip socket, according to the suit.
Moreau and Gentieu often referred to Martin as a "drama queen" and failed to provide her with any medical assistance, the suit states.
"(The instructors) created a paramilitary boot camp training environment which was designed to eliminate any cadets who displayed weakness and discourage the reporting of injuries," the suit states. "The instructors all had the mentality that a cadet was not hurt unless he or she was gushing blood or had a bone sticking out."