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Not Liable Verdict In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/19/2014

All three defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit over the asthma attack death of a nine-year-old student at Newman Elementary School in Mansfield are found "not liable". Lakeesha Clark, the mother of Keshan Brown, had sued teachers Michelle Angle and Alison Mayer, and substitute secretary Pearl Howard. Clark accused them of being reckless in failing to provide proper aid when Keshan was stricken with asthma in May of 2011. They did not call 911, and instead took Keshan to his grandmother's home. She took Keshan to the hospital, where he later died. The lawsuit sought up to $2-million in damages, but the verdict means no money will be awarded. The jury deliberated for four-and-a-half hours Thursday, concluding a three-day trial. Lakeesha Clark's attorney Craig McLaughlin sent WMFD the following statement: Keshan’s mother, grandmothers, and other family members are obviously very disappointed in the jury’s verdict in this case.  We think the jury should have held these school employees accountable for failing to follow three separate safety rules that had been put in place by the school district to protect students like Keshan.  In addition to failing to follow these safety rules, these three ladies never once even attempted to contact the principal of the school and let her know what was taking place that afternoon.  The principal testified at trial that had she been told what was happening, then she would have called 911 for Keshan and never allowed a teacher to transport Keshan in her private car.  The jury’s verdict in favor of these educators unfortunately sends the message that following safety rules  in Richland County schools is not important in this community.  Keshan was an outstanding young man, a participant in the school district’s Talented and Gifted Program (TAG), and he and his family deserved better.    

   
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