After a 14-year-old boy with autism drowned in his Chicago school’s swimming pool earlier this year, his mother is suing the city’s Board of Education, claiming that a lifeguard who was supposed to be watching her son was instead on a computer in a nearby office, People reported.
Rosario Israel Gomez, who did not know how to swim, was with other students in his special education class at the swimming pool, but Gomez was allegedly not paired with a “buddy,” given safety equipment like a flotation device, or prepared for the pool with any kind of training.
Gomez drifted out into deeper pool water, eventually sinking to the floor of the pool at a depth of 4-6 feet and laying motionless for enough time that no resuscitation efforts were effective, the suit claims, according to The Chicago Tribune.
No criminal charges will be filed against the lifeguard or school, a spokesman for the Chicago Police told People.
"We cannot understand how the place your child should feel safe suddenly becomes the reason why he does not come home,” said Gomez’s family on a GoFundMe page that they set up to raise money for funeral costs.
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