Georgia School District Reaches $10 Million Settlement With Family Of Imani Bell Amid Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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The family of Imani Bell has been awarded $10 million to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against the Georgia school district. Imani Bell was a 16-year-old high school basketball player who passed away in 2019. The Bell family’s representative, attorney Justin Miller of Stewart Miller Simmons, said that other school districts across the United States should strive to follow the example set by Georgia.

“I think for once a school district made a statement that a child’s life is more important than any sport. That should be followed by every school around the country.”

Imani Bell’s family filed suit came on the heel’s of the adolescent reportedly dying due to a heatstroke. Bell was said to have been undergoing team-related drills in extreme heat, temperatures that were in the upper 90s. A heat advisory was in effect for the region. Principal Shonda Shaw and Athletic Director Jason Greenlee were named as defendants in the suit.

The aforementioned defendants were found guilty in July 2021 of “conducting outdoor conditioning training for student-athletes in dangerous heat, resulting in the death of Imani Bell due to hyperthermia and rhabdomyolysis.” ESPN’s Daniel Murphy reports that the family has plans to start the Keep Imani Foundation, in memory of their lost child.

“The foundation plans to create an engineering scholarship, help children who need glasses and try to provide cold tubs for every high school athletic department in the state of Georgia in hopes of avoiding future heat-related deaths.”

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