10/16/12 Settlement Reached in School Drowning Lawsuit
The attorney representing the family of Wenatchee drowning victim Antonio Reyes today announced a $2 million settlement in a negligence lawsuit filed against the Wenatchee School District. It was in November last year that students found the 14-year-old Wenatchee High School freshman’s body at the bottom of the deep end of the school’s pool, where he participated in an aquatic P.E. class during the previous period. Witnesses reported seeing him present during the class, but could not recall his participation in the activity of the class, water polo. According to his parents, Reyes could not swim. He may have been underwater for as long as 40 minutes before his body was discovered by classmates. The family filed a lawsuit alleging that the school failed to follow reasonable safety procedures and was grossly negligent, creating the conditions that led to Reyes’ death. The Wenatchee School District has agreed to a settlement which includes enhanced safety protections for swimmers at Wenatchee High School as well as $2 million. As part of the settlement terms, Wenatchee superintendent Brian Flones issued a formal apology to the Reyes family and pledged to implement new and more effective safety protocols. Reyes is survived by a twin brother, in addition to his father and mother.