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Milwaukee School Officials Investigating Slade Drowning


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Milwaukee school officials are conducting an internal investigation into a field trip on Monday in which a 12-year-old boy drowned while swimming.

No lifeguards were around when Kamonie Slade drowned in Mauthe Lake in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. And officials want to know why students were allowed to swim – since a district policy bans swimming on class trips unless there are certified lifeguards and adequate supervision by school staff.

7th-graders at Milwaukee’s Roosevelt Middle School took the trip on the final day before summer vacation. 84 students and 8 chaperones went – and that failed slightly to meet a requirement of one adult for every 10 students.

School district spokeswoman Rosanne St. Aubin said the district is trying to review everything that happened while mourning Kamonie Slade’s loss. She said Roosevelt staffers felt terrible – and they did all they could to find Kamonie after he disappeared. He was an honor student who planned to go to Ohio State University and play football.