ST. CLOUD (AP) -- A lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old Apollo High School student who drowned in the school's pool is headed for trial next month after court-ordered mediation failed.
The trial regarding the death of Shuai Jiang is scheduled to begin Jan. 21 in the Stearns County District courtroom of Judge Bernard Boland.
Shuai drowned Nov. 16, 1999, during a mandatory swimming class in the Apollo pool. He was found in more than 12 feet of water almost 20 minutes after swimming class had ended.
Shuai's family, who moved to New York after he died, has sued the St. Cloud School District, seeking damages of at least $50,000. Boland recently denied a summary judgment motion by the district that would have essentially dismissed the lawsuit.
The district argued that state law makes school districts and teachers immune from liability claims such as the ones filed in Shuai's wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit accused the school of failing to properly train staff. It also claimed that the pool didn't meet state codes, had mechanical problems and didn't have proper pool supervision.
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