Erick Ortiz

Erick OrtizName: Erick Ortiz
Died: June 4, 2014
Age at death: 16
Cause of death: Drowning (Negligent)
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

16-year-old Erick’s class was going on a field trip. His mother signed the permission slip, knowing that Erick had a one-on-one aide who was supposed to be with him at all times. The permission slip had said nothing about going to a pool because the trip was not to the pool but to a nearby park. But the students were taken to the pool anyway. Erick, who could not swim, was not supposed to be at the pool at all–but his assistant took Erick to the pool anyway and left him alone. There, Erick fell in (or was pushed in) and drowned.

Erick’s parents are suing the school district.

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