On September 21st, 2012, the Pepin Academy hosted a back-to-school swimming
party at the city-owned and operated recreation center and pool. The event
was apparently attended by close to 150 students, parents and teachers
and was filled with poolside entertainment, dancing, food as well as swimming
for the kids. When Skelford Conrad Shillingford and his wife arrived to
drop off their 15-year-old son Kadeem Jessie Shillingford, they were assured
that despite Jessie's mild case of autism and the fact that he wasn't
the best of swimmers there were sufficient lifeguards, Pepin employees,
and chaperones on hand to keep all of the children safe.
Unfortunately a little later that evening, one of the kids informed a lifeguard
that there was a boy at the bottom of the pool. Lifeguards attempted to
resuscitate Jessie by delivering CPR until emergency personnel arrived
on scene at which point he was rushed to Florida Hospital Tampa where
he spent three days on life support before he died. While the Medical
Examiner's Office has ruled Jessie's death an accidental drowning,
and police say they were able to find no evidence of criminal neglect
or foul play, the Shillingfords have officially filed a lawsuit against
the city and the Pepin Academy for their failure to provide reasonable
safety precautions to protect their son.
Being involved in a
swimming or drowning accident can have a long-lasting effect on a person's quality of life. Drowning
accidents can not only result in death, but in many cases such accidents
are capable of causing serious injuries which will require extensive treatment
and a lifetime of nursing and medical care. Being underwater without oxygen
to the brain for a period of time will result in permanent brain damage. A
slip and fall accident into the pool can cause broken bones, or more serious permanent damage
such as spinal cord injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a
swimming pool accident due to no fault of your own you may be asking yourself,
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If you have lost a loved one in a swimming pool accident and you wish to
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of a swimming pool or drowning accident contact a skilled
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