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Burke County sheriff releases findings in drowning death



Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams issued a statement and police reports on July 6 related to the drowning death of 4 year-old Israel Scott last month.

Below is the letter in its entirety

 "On June 14, 2022 the Burke County Sheriff’s Office along with Burke County EMA responded to 113...

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  1. What are the qualifications of the person giving the lessons? I was a WSI (Water Safety Instructor) for many years and never had problems as we were always in charge of the class. You should be a WSI to teach swimming lessons as you then have a proven ability to teach and knowledge of safety practices.

    • Also what was the student to instructor ratio? I read she had 9 kids in the pool with no parents or other adults present. That seems to be asking for trouble and I don’t believe it meets guidelines. When I taught swimming we always had two adults in the pool

  2. Seems like the sheriff was very quick to absolve the swim instructor of any responsibility. At the very least child endangerment charges should be brought. If a child died in a daycare facility due to staff negligence I am sure some charges would be brought forth. The excuse seems to be the instructor has long ties to the community. That’s irrelevant to this situation. If her negligence lead to the death of this child then it shouldn’t just be brushed under the rug. I notice there is a different code of justice around here for “friends & family” and those with “long ties to the community”.

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