A judge recently approved a $750,000 settlement in a case involving the amputation of an 11-year-old child’s finger at school. The injury occurred during a game of tug-of-war, when the rope broke off and caused the child’s little finger to separate from his hand. Among the defendants sued was the Hopewell Township Police Department as it was alleged that the rope had been provided by the police department in connection with the D.A.R.E. program that the child was participating in at the time of the injury. The settlement was reached after a pre-trial mediation between the parties.