Lawsuit filed over Eastpointe HS student drowning

EASTPOINTE, Mich. - A lawsuit centered around the drowning of East Detroit High School freshman KeAir Swift on Nov. 8 says that a substitute teacher wasn't the only one responsible.

The 15-page lawsuit against East Detroit Public Schools, the substitute teacher Jonathan Sails, and other parties was filed by KeAir Swift's mother, Lakisha Swift.

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The lawsuit alleges that Sails had no water safety qualifications or lifeguard training skills. Sails was also not certified to teach physical education or health. 

According to the lawsuit, "Prior to KeAir's drowning David Zauner contacted Rizzo, the Athletic Director of EDHS about his concerns over the danger posed by Sail's lack of proper supervision in the swimming pool..." 

Zauner is a physical education teacher and the man who pulled Swift from the pool.

The lawsuit claims that the director of the PE department, Mark Weigand, was warned by Zauner that "Sails needed to be removed from the pool for the safety of the students..." 

However, the lawsuit alleges the warnings were not acted upon. 

Lakisha Swift said that no amount of money would ever bring her son back and that she just hopes that all of those involved get put in jail.  

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