A mother sues school district fourteen months after son dies on a class trip

Atlanta, USA – When a mother loses a child, what could be more painful?

A mother from Georgia is taking legal action after her 14-year-old son died while on a class trip to Belize last year.

Tomari Jackson was on trip with his North Cobb High School Biology class last February 2016 in Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize when he drowned in a river during an excursion.

The suit alleges that the staff, the school and the owner of Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary who planned the trip didn’t do enough to prevent Tomari’s death or keep an eye on the kids; none of whom were wearing life vests.

For 14 months, Tomari’s mother, Adell Forbes has been seeking an explanation as to the cause of her son’s death.

“I dropped him off at the airport … hours later … I got a call that he was missing,” Forbes told ABC News. “Eventually, someone from the [U.S.] embassy said, ‘We recovered his body from 30 feet of water.'”

More than a year after her son’s death, Forbes received a package in a mail that contained a video from a small camera. She heard his chilling cries and gurgling before the waters took her only child.

“I’m led to believe from after looking at the video that his safety was never a priority or a concern and that is just beyond amazing,” Forbes said. “It breaks my heart a thousand times more just from looking at it.”

“Today marks 14 months, 14 months. Yesterday was 14 months of his death, but today marks 14 months that I woke up with the realization that I will never see my son again,” she said

 

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