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Policies under review
It is rare for a school to be the scene of a drowning tragedy. But it does happen.
In 1999, a 13-year-old St. Cloud student drowned in a school pool. His body was found 20 minutes after class ended. The family of Shuai Jiang sued the district and was awarded a $500,000 settlement.
That prompted the St. Cloud School District to purchase a state-of-the-art camera-based drowning-detection system.
School districts are now reacting to the St. Louis Park drowning by examining their own policies to see how they might be improved.
“We are reviewing our safety protocols in light of this tragedy,” said Susan Brott, a spokeswoman for the Edina School District. “I think many schools are doing the same.”
Jael McLemore, communications coordinator for Fridley’s schools, said Abdullahi’s death is a good reminder to school personnel that it is crucial to remain on high alert when it comes to protecting students.
“But you have to remember that accidents can happen no matter how careful you are,” she said.
Kim McGuire • 612-673-4469