The Saskatoon Public School Division and the city of Saskatoon are getting sued by the parents of a 5 year old boy who drowned in a retention pond on what was his second day of Kindergarten.
Ahmed Hussein Elmmi ran away from an educational assistant while on the playground at Dundonald School in September of 2017. He was found in the pond about 100 metres from the school and pronounced dead in hospital.
In a statement of claim filed on Tuesday, the boys parents say their son, who had been diagnosed with autism, had been known to run off when an adult did not hold his hand and that he would run without looking for danger.
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The claim adds the boys parents shared the need for supervision to the public school board themselves and that several conversations were had with the school about Ahmed’s special needs.
The parents say Saskatoon Public Schools failed to properly care for their son and the City did not take the steps necessary to ensure safety at the pond. They say both conducted themselves in willful, wanton and reckless manner.