CPS to pay $4M to family of 14-year-old who drowned at Chicago high school

Rosario Gomez, 14, died on Jan. 25 after drowning in a pool at Kennedy High School.

CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools have agreed to pay $4 million to the family of a special education student who drowned.

Rosario Gomez, 14, had autism and was a student at Kennedy High School when he died in 2017.

According to The Sun-Times, at least three students tried to notify teachers that Gomez was at the bottom of the school’s swimming pool.They were either ignored or told it was just a kid holding his breath.

Gomez was pulled unconscious from the pool a few minutes later, and died later at the hospital.

His family sued, saying the district failed him.

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