The family of the East Hartford High School freshman who drowned in the school's pool earlier this month has notified officials they plan to sue the town as well as employees of the school district.
According to a notice of intent to file a lawsuit submitted to the town clerk's office, Doris Amponsah, the mother of 15-year-old Marcum Asiamah, names the town; East Hartford Superintendent Mark Zito; EHHS Principal Matthew Ryan; director of athletics Joesph Leroy; and others to be determined through the course of an investigation.
"The injuries were the result of negligence of the above known and/or unknown persons including but not limited to failing to protect, care, supervise, rescue and/or provide timely medical care for Marcum Gymafi Asiamah, a student in their care at the time of his death," the Jan. 17 notice says.
Asiamah was pulled from the high school pool, where he was participating in "supervised" gym class, officials have said, around noon on Jan. 11. He was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Zito said that because of the notice of pending litigation, he cannot comment.
As of Friday, the inquiry into Asiamah's death by detectives at the East Hartford Police Department was ongoing.
"It will likely be a period of weeks before they have all the material and sift through it and are able to draw conclusions," said Lt Curt Stoldt.
Amponsah's attorneys could not be reached for comment.