10 Sep Michael Hobson, As Administrator of the Estate of Camenron Malik Knowles v. Tri-Wil, Inc., et al.
CIRCUIT COUNT OF BIBB COUNTY, ALABAMA SETTLEMENT OF $590,000
A 13-year-old boy was a resident and student at Tri-Wil/Porta Cras School in Woodstock, Alabama. On April 25, 2009, two staff at the school took eleven children on an unauthorized trip to the Cahaba River. Plaintiff discovered evidence that this trip was in violation of school policy. At some point in time, the child either was allowed to enter the water or he slipped while walking along the shoals and fell into the water. A fellow student attempted to grab him, but he was trapped in the swift current and taken under causing him to drown. According to Tri-Wil’s policies, “direct supervision by a person certified in basic water safety and CPR was required at all times” during swimming activities. However, Plaintiff effectively proved that this policy was not followed and the boys were instead allowed to enter into a dangerous situation with little or no supervision whatsoever. In addition, there was also no evidence that any of the staff ever were certified in basic water safety until after the student’s death.