Here is news of sadness, Georgia School District Pays $10m to End Lawsuit Regarding Death of Imani Bell. The family of high school basketball star Imani Bell, who passed away in 2019, has reached a settlement with the Georgia school district. Attorneys for Bell’s family reportedly stated that the school district has agreed to pay $10 million to resolve the wrongful death lawsuit, according to Daniel Murphy of ESPN.
According to Stewart Miller Simmons attorney Justin Miller, who defended the family, “I think for once a school district made a statement that a child’s life is more important than any sport.” Every school in the nation ought to adhere to that.
Bell passed away in August 2019 at the age of 16 after passing out after a conditioning exercise outside the Elite Scholars Academy. Murphy stated that a coroner determined heatstroke was the cause of her death.
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The Associated Press said that a heat advisory was in force and that the temperature in the area where Bell was practicing the drill was “in the upper 90s Fahrenheit.”
In February 2021, Bell’s family filed a lawsuit against school administrators, including Shonda Shaw, the principal, and Jason Greenlee, the athletic director.
Murphy claims that Bell’s family and legal counsel complained that the Georgia High School Association’s “particular regulations for schools to monitor and limit the risks of playing sports in the heat” were not adhered to.
Imani Bell’s father, Eric Bell, informed Murphy that the family planned to create the Keep Imani Foundation in his daughter’s honor using the settlement money.
In an effort to stop other heat-related deaths, Murphy said that the organization “plans to establish an engineering scholarship, assist kids who require glasses, and try to provide cold tubs for every high school athletic department in the state of Georgia.”
In July 2021, a grand jury accused head coach Larosa Walker-Asekere and assistant coach Dwight Palmer of “performing outdoor conditioning training for student-athletes in extreme temperatures, culminating in Imani Bell’s death due to hyperthermia and rhabdomyolysis.” Walker-Asekere and Palmer’s criminal case is still pending.
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