Family of School Drowning Victim Reaches Settlement

The family of Malvrick Donkor has reached a $1.7 million settlement.

Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 7:28 AM EDT
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Family of School Drowning Victim Reaches Settlement

Malvrick Donkor, 14, died after a drowning at the pool at Manchester High School.

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Tragedy struck the family of Malvrick Donkor the day before Thanksgiving in 2012.

The 14-year-old boy drowned in the pool at Manchester High School during a swimming class and they have now reached a settlement with the town of Manchester.

Malvrick’s family said the school administrators were negligent and no lifeguard on duty at the time.

They planned to sue for wrongful death and damages, but are now relieved the city has taken notice of their complaints and a settlement has been reached.

Donkor’s family will receive a settlement of more than $1.7 million.

Donkor was the second teen in a year to drown in a high school pool in Connecticut and his family pushed for change and legal action.

This led to a new law requiring all schools to create swim safety plans, In addition to the teacher, someone who is Red Cross or Lifeguard certified must also watch the pool.

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