Milwaukee Public Schools Sued Over Boy’s Death

Milwaukee Public Schools Sued Over Boy's Death  The parents of a 12-year-old boy who drowned on a school field trip have filed a personal injury lawsuit against Milwaukee Public Schools and the four school employees they hold responsible for the incident.

The lawsuit claims that Kamonie Slade drowned in Mauthe Lake in the northern Kettle Moraine State Forest because the school did not provide a lifeguard for the trip, but allowed children to swim, anyway, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Defendant John Pitta, a teacher who was allegedly the only adult on the trip, is accused of simply telling the students not to go in deeper than their chests, but Slade did so, and slipped into an area where the floor of the lake abruptly drops off, according to the personal injury lawsuit. He allegedly struggled to stay above water for 30 seconds before going under. 

His parents' personal injury lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and special damages for the defendants' alleged negligence.

The Journal Sentinel previously reported that two of the four staff members named as defendants in the lawsuit, the school's principal and assistant principal, resigned after the incident.