Family Sues LAUSD Over Child’s Death

The parents of a 12-year-old Dodson Middle School student who died while running laps during P.E. last year have filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District alleging inadequate steps were taken to save his life.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 29. According to the filing, the boy — identified only as F.A. — was sick with the flu when he was told to run five laps around the field. He collapsed before the exercise was finished and then remained there “for a substantial amount of time until it became clear to the teacher that (the boy) was not playing pranks," the suit says.

CPR was not administered until paramedics arrived, according to the family. The suit also questions why an automated external defibrillator, which the parents believe was kept in the school office, was not used. F.A. died of cardiac arrest with viral infection as a contributing factor, an autopsy later revealed.

LAUSD addressed the suit with the following statement:

“The safety and well-being of our students continues to be a top priority. Death or injury to a student under any circumstances is one of the most difficult, unfortunate occurrences to encounter. Because of student privacy laws and pending litigation, we are not at liberty to comment on this matter. Our thoughts are with the family and school community."