Saturday, April 30, 2005

Field trip death: Knox County pays

The legal issues are settled from this April '04 accident.

The Knox County School system has agreed to pay a quarter million dollars to the parents of a 12-year-old boy who drowned on a field trip last year.

A Park Service report found the drowning was an accident but said the school system made some errors, including not mentioning swimming on the permission slip sent home to parents.

However, a child is gone. No amount of money can compensate or console. Hopefully, changes have been made so this never happens again. Sometimes learning a lesson is too expensive.

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