Omaha Public Schools is facing a major lawsuit.
The family of a 12-year-old boy who drowned at Nathan Hale Middle School last fall has submitted a $1 million claim, the state's cap for such damages.
According to Omaha World-Herald, the claim alleges Demariont’e Brown-Elliott's death was the "direct and proximate result" of the district’s negligence.
"They’re not interested in the money, because no amount of money is going to bring back Demariont’e," the family's attorney, James Martin Davis,told the news agency.
Brown-Elliott was a beginning swimmer who had failed a 3-foot swim test that required students to successfully swim across the shallow end of the pool without touching the bottom. As a result, he was supposed to remain in the shallow end.
The students reportedly had been receiving basic swim instruction while under the supervision of one teacher when the incident occurred. The boy's body was later found at the bottom of the indoor pool's deep end at the conclusion of the lesson.
Similar tragedies made headlines last year. In March 2014, after drownings in Minnesota and North Dakota, school districts in those states reevaluated their policies regarding swimming pools. And in a bigger case a month prior, a swim instructor at East Detroit High School faced involuntary manslaughter charges after allegedly opting to change his clothes rather than save a drowning student. The school's criminal liability in the case was questionable. Read More