William Beals had been attending the state-run Michigan Career and Technical Institute in Plainwell for a week when he drowned in a pool in 2009. The school teaches vocational skills to students with disabilities.

The appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, agreed with a local judge who said allegations of gross negligence mean the lifeguard isn't entitled to governmental immunity. This decision means that Beals' family can file a civil suit against the lifeguard who was on duty. Read More