VALPARAISO | The father of a 12-year-old boy who suffered permanent injuries when he hanged himself in the basement of Chicago Street Theater in Valparaiso has filed a lawsuit against the Community Theatre Guild/Chicago Street Theater.
Michael Catalano, father of Kyle Catalano, stated in the complaint filed Thursday in Porter County court that Kyle was at the theater as a participant -- engaging in a play rehearsal -- when he went to the basement and engaged in a choking game with one or more minors.
Catalano states in court documents that his son choked himself with a rope and lost the ability to breathe on his own.
According to court documents, Kyle suffered severe and permanent injuries and will continue to endure great pain, emotional distress and mental trauma and incur medical expenses.
The lawsuit states the theater guild failed to supervise Kyle, failed to prevent him from accessing the basement where he could engage in dangerous activities, failed to prevent him from gaining access to "dangerous instrumentalities," and failed to provide a safe environment for theater activities.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount to compensate the Catalanos.
Neither the theater guild nor Catalano's Merrillville attorneys, Holly Wojcik and Barry Rooth, were available for comment.