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Washington HS student who drowned had been teased

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 2:17 PM
Washington HS student who drowned had been teased

A Wenatchee freshman who drowned in the high school pool missed the swimming assessment in the first week of class while sitting on the bleachers and was kidded when he said he didn't know how to swim, according to a police report.

Antonio Reyes had entered the pool Nov. 17 with other students in his physical education class and was last seen treading water. Students in the next class found him at the bottom of the pool.

Physical education teacher Ed Knaggs told police that all students undergo an assessment of their swimming abilities during the first week of class, but Reyes did not swim the first week while sitting on the bleachers.

A zero was placed in the wrong student's grade slot, according to the Wenatchee Police Department report obtained Monday by The Wenatchee World ( http://is.gd/zPEGi3) newspaper.

Knaggs has been placed on administrative leave while the district conducts its own investigation.

According to the report, two students also recalled that Reyes and three other boys who did not swim the day of the assessments were teased, and that Reyes was ridiculed when he said he did not know how to swim.

The report found that Reyes might have been underwater for more than 40 minutes before being discovered by an incoming class at the deep end of the pool. Foul play is not suspected.

His family has filed a $15 million lawsuit accusing school officials of negligence. Wenatchee School District officials have declined to comment on the drowning since the claim was filed.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com