May 19th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Teacher Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

Last November, KeAir Swift nearly drowned  in the East Detroit High School pool while Jonathan Sails was on watch. A judge decided he would be going to trial facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.

According to Darrel Fore, a fellow student, Swift jumped feet first off a diving board after asking his friends if they could catch him. Unfortunately the boys couldn’t hold him, and Swift sank to the bottom.

Fore stated that Sails was talking to several girls on the bleacher and initially dismissed them when told Swift was drowning. Eventually he went into the locker room to change and then jumped in the pool.

But Sails wasn’t the one who saved Swift, the vice principal did. He didn’t need to go change, he jumped in wearing a suit and tie to save Swift’s life.

He was resuscitated and placed on life support. Tragically, doctors pronounced him brain dead three days later. He was taken off life support on November 11.

Sails is not certified to be a swim instructor and was not paying attention. I personally think he deserves the involuntary manslaughter charges.

If he had been paying attention or responded accordingly to the emergency, Swift might not have lost his life.

My condolences go out to his family for their loss.

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