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UPDATE: Wis. family plans to sue after boy nearly drowned

UPDATED Wednesday, July 3, 2013 --- 7:55 a.m.

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- The family of a 13-year-old Sun Prairie boy who nearly drowned in the high school pool has taken steps to sue the school district.

WISC-TV reports the family of Trevonne Allen filed a notice of claim Tuesday and plans to sue for $150,000 in damages plus medical costs.

Allen was under water for over 3 minutes during a physical education class March 20.

He was rescued when a student alerted a teacher. The family asserts there was only one certified lifeguard for 188 students.

Sun Prairie School District administrator Tim Culver said Wednesday by email he couldn't comment on legal matters. He referred to a May 28 blog post to parents, where he wrote the district conducted an internal review and planned to create improved guidelines on pool procedures.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, March 29, 2013 --- 10:04 a.m.

Press Release from the Sun Prairie Police Department:

The Sun Prairie Police Department has completed a fact review of this incident.  Police personnel have confirmed that the incident is not criminal in nature and no further investigative efforts are required. 

The child has been released from the hospital and is now under family care and is “recovering well”.  Family members appreciate the overall interest in the child's wellbeing throughout this process. 

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 20, 2013 --- 1:51 p.m.

Press Release from the Sun Prairie School District:

An incident occurred today while the 7th grade students from Patrick Marsh Middle School were on their second day of swimming at the high school pool for their Physical Education class. Near the end of the class period, the high school pool manager, a certified lifeguard, rescued one the 7th grade students from the bottom of the pool. The pool manager and the Physical Education staff from Patrick Marsh Middle School responded quickly to clear the pool and get the student to the pool deck to safety. School staff called 911, the student was transported to the hospital, and he is currently in critical but stable condition.

School District staff members followed emergency procedures and handled this serious situation with outstanding care and attention.

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Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 --- 1:04 p.m.

Press Release from the Sun Prairie Police Department:

On March 20, 2013 at 8:56 A.M., the Sun Prairie Police Department, Madison Emergency Medical Services, and Sun Prairie Fire Department were dispatched to 888 Grove Street (Sun Prairie High School) for an unresponsive thirteen year old male child.

The child is a 7th grade student at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie and was attending a swimming session for a school physical education program. During pool activities, the child was observed under the water without movement. School staff entered the pool and removed the child from the water. The child was breathing but was not responsive. Emergency services were contacted and school staff continued to monitor the situation.

The child was transported to St. Mary’s Sun Prairie Emergency Department by ambulance. The child was treated locally and transported by ambulance to the University of Wisconsin Hospital. The child has been admitted to the UW Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for further treatment and is currently in critical but stable condition.

The police department is currently working to develop the facts of the situation. There are no indications that this incident is criminal in nature.


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