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Los Angeles Unified to pay $9.5 million settlement to family whose son died during P.E.

Los Angeles Unified will pay $9.5 million to the family of a 12-year-old who died after running laps in P.E., according to the Los Angeles Times

The settlement comes after the family, whose son attended Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes, filed a lawsuit against the district in March 2019. The lawsuit alleged LAUSD did not take appropriate measures to save their son’s life.

The boy died in March 2018 after running laps around the school track. He laid down after running four, and though both P.E. teachers saw the boy was unconscious but breathing, neither performed CPR or used the automated external defibrillator, and there was a delay in calling 911. The boy died in the hospital.