Mediation ordered in suit over Alamance Co. student death

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GRAHAM, N.C. — A wrongful death lawsuit over the death of an Alamance County middle school student hit with a basketball has been sent to mediation.

The Burlington Times-News reported that the mother of 14-year-old Geremy Carter sued Alamance-Burlington Schools after her son died from cardiac arrest.

Geremy Carter died on May 25, 2011 after participating in a physical education class at Graham Middle School.

The lawsuit said the child was hit by a basketball in his groin, collapsed, became unconscious and later died. An autopsy revealed he died of cardiac arrest, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit was brought by Geremy’s mother, Liza Denis, and filed by her attorney, Jeffery Mabe of Thomasville, on April 26.

The lawsuit names the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education, and teachers Abigail West and Barry Fogleman as defendants.

The suit said two teachers left him on the ground for 20 minutes instead of helping him and dismissed his condition as “man problems.”

Lawyers for the school district said the teachers were watching and got the boy help as soon as they discovered the severity of his condition. A judge ordered mediation in November.

Read full story: The Burlington Times-News

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