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Family Sues Chicago Public School After Son Dies in Gym Class

The family of a boy who died after suffering a seizure in gym class is suing Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education claiming the boy was not supposed to be participating in gym class in the first place. The young boy died after having a seizure and collapsing in gym class. The boy was a student at Reilly Elementary school had been diagnosed with syncope in 2005. Syncope generally causes someone to faint or pass out due to lack of blood flow to the brain. After hospitalization, the boy’s parents met with his teachers to discuss the child’s medical conditions. The suit claims that all parties involved decided to not to allow him to participate in gym class in the future, because participation could jeopardize his health. The boy suffered an episode on Oct. 23, 2007 that caused him to have a seizure and collapse in gym class. The boy was taken to the hospital and died that day. The suit claims that the Board of Education and CPS are responsible death of the child, claiming that they negligently and willfully allowed Garcia to participate in gym class despite his condition and their agreed upon arrangement. The family has asked for an unstated amount of money for their pain, suffering and loss of their loved one. To read the full story, click here.