The family of 16-year-old Jesus “Jesse” Prado, a teenager who passed away from complications after being pulled from the Ironwood High School swimming pool last spring, recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the Peoria Unified School District. Jesse died on May 14th when he slipped to the bottom of the deep end of the pool at the high school while learning to swim. The $26 million dollar lawsuit was filed last August after Jessie died. Larry Allen and Tim McKee, PE teachers at the high school who were monitoring the pool at the time of Jesse’s death, were also named in the wrongful death lawsuit. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the school district and the City of Glendale own the swimming pool and are responsible for seeing that it is operated in a safe manner. The amount of the settlement remains confidential by agreement of the parties. Jesse’s aunt said negotiating the settlement was stressful but she said “we’re at a point now that the family can finally move forward.”
Since Jesse’s death, use of the school’s pool, by anyone other than the school’s swim team, was suspended by the school district. According to district spokeswoman Danielle Airey, the high school’s pool will remain closed while the district works on a policy for swim classes, but guidelines should go before the board for approval soon.
Mr. Allen was reassigned to another school. However, Mr. McKee was fired by the school board on claims of negligence for failing to create a safe environment for the students. Mr. McKee has appealed this decision and has filed a notice of claim for $350,000 accusing the district of failing to have lifeguards at the pool as required by Maricopa County.
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