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Boy's family sues school district after near-drowning

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Relatives of a 13-year-old boy plan to sue the Sun Prairie School District for $150,000, after he almost drowned during a physical education class.

Lawyers filed a notice of the impending legal action Tuesday. That was after Trevonne Allen languished at the bottom of the high school swimming pool for almost three-and-a-half minutes in March.

In its legal notice, Allen’s family said only one certified lifeguard was on duty. They accused the district of being negligent in patrolling the area, and protecting Allen and almost 120 other middle school students sent to Sun Prairie High School for two days of swim lessons.

WISC-TV in Madison said two phy-ed teachers took lifeguard classes about 18 months before the near-drowning – but they were not certified because their paperwork was never filed with the Red Cross.

The Sun Prairie school aquatics director jumped in the pool and pulled Allen out. Officials said he resigned from the post in June.