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Thursday December 15, 2011

Woman Stabbed While Watching Dr. Phil Show in Court-Ordered Anger Management Class

Woman Stabbed While Watching Dr. Phil Show in Court-Ordered Anger Management Class

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Luna Oraivej is suing a company that provides court-ordered anger management classes after she was stabbed by another classmate for shushing her while watching an episode of the Dr. Phil show.

Oraivej, 37, was stabbed several times by classmate Faribah Maradiaga during an October 2010 anger management class, and she is now suing Court Services Institute (CSI) for their employee’s inaction.

ImageCourt documents state that on October 9, 2010, the institute allowed Maradiaga to enter the class late, though that is against the company’s policy. While the class was told to watch an episode of the Dr. Phil show, Maradiaga began loudly criticizing the tape. When Oraivej told Maradiaga to “give it a chance” she went crazy.

Maradiaga allegedly pulled out a bladed weapon and began swinging for Oraivej’s neck. Court reports say she received stab wounds to her shoulders before her assailant was taken out of the class. Oraivej said she was never tended to, but after fearing she wouldn’t not receive credit for the class, she waiting until it was over before going to the hospital.

Police arrested Maradiaga and charged her with second-degree assault. However, she has reportedly not shown up for court.

In the civil lawsuit filed in Washington’s King County Superior Court, Oraivej’s attorney states that the CSI is obligated to protect its students and that his client is seeking compensation partially for medical treatment, emotional distress, and severe anxiety.