Sunday November 29th, 2015 12:44PM

Parents sue Georgia school system in gym mat death

By The Associated Press
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against school administrators. <br /> <br /> The parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta sued Monday in Superior Court. Their lawsuit blames the Lowndes County school board for allowing Johnson to die ``at the hands of one or more students'' while at his high school during school hours. <br /> <br /> Classmates found Johnson's body inside a rolled-up mat propped in a corner of the gym Jan. 11, 2013. <br /> <br /> Sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident, having fallen into the mat and gotten stuck upside down. <br /> <br /> Johnson's parents insist that someone killed him. <br /> <br /> The school board's attorney, Warren Turner, did not immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 10 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 10 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 10 months ago )
Local/State News
CLIMATE COUNTDOWN: Earth is a wilder, warmer place since the last climate deal, 18 years ago
PARIS (AP) — This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save.The last time that the nations of the world struck a binding agreement to fight global warming was 1...
12:24PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Hall Co Fire Services hosting bicycle helmet fitting and giveaway event
Hall County Fire Services will be sponsoring a free bike helmet giveaway on Monday.
By Russell Brown
11:54AM ( 50 minutes ago )
International education opportunities growing at UNG
In its mission to develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society, the University of North Georgia (UNG) continues to grow programs and initiatives that invest in the internationalization of its faculty and students.
By AccessWDUN staff
8:22AM ( 4 hours ago )
Newspaper investigation: Ga. campaign reports full of errors
Campaign finance reports filed by state and local officials in Georgia are often riddled with mistakes and discrepancies, with some leaving tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash apparently unaccounted for, an Atlanta newspaper investigation shows.
By The Associated Press
8:08AM ( 4 hours ago )
32,000 acres selected for 2015-2016 prescribed burn season in North Ga.
Fire managers with the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest have begun the first of several prescribed burns as part of the U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA) "2015-2016 prescribed fire season."
7:34AM ( 5 hours ago )