Lexington Community Demands Accountability Following Death of Student Involved in School Altercation; Investigation Underway

Lexington Community Demands Accountability Following Death of Student Involved in School Altercation; Investigation Underway

Lexington, KY: The death of a 17-year-old student at Henry Clay High School who went to the hospital after breaking up a fight in the toilet on Friday and said he was in pain is being looked into by local officials and his family’s lawyer on Sunday night.

Emmanuel Mwakadi was the student’s name, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s office on Sunday. Police are still looking into what happened, but they don’t think anyone did anything wrong, according to the doctor.

The person passed away at UK Chandler Hospital on Friday.

Justin Peterson, a lawyer in Lexington who works for Emmanuel’s family, told the Herald-Leader on Sunday that Emmanuel stopped a fight in one of the boy’s bathrooms between the first and second periods on Friday.

He went to second period and complained of hurting his head and neck, the lawyer said. “Towards the end of second period,” he had an accident that needed emergency medical help, the lawyer said.

Peterson said that Emmanuel slumped and passed out in class after saying that he hurt his head and neck while breaking up the fight.

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Major Derek Roberts, a firefighter for Lexington, said that the fire department was sent to the school at 10:09 a.m. Friday after getting a call about a seizure.

“We will look into whether or not it was the event in the bathroom, whether or not he got treatment too late, whether or not the treatment he got was enough, and whether or not all or some of these things together led to his death,” Peterson said.

Sunday night, Lexington police did not say right away if they were officially investigating. On Sunday, Peterson said he would be calling the cops, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and Fayette County Public Schools.

“The family is upset that no one from the school has reached out to them to talk about what happened, find out how they are doing, and offer their condolences,” Peterson said.

“We are very worried that the school isn’t talking to us about anything.”

A spokeswoman for the Fayette County Public Schools district, Dia Davidson-Smith, said that school officials had been in touch with the family all the time.

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“Everyone in Fayette County Public Schools is sad about the death of the student at Henry Clay High School on Friday,” Davidson-Smith said. “The school’s leaders, teachers, and district interpreters have been in touch with the family nonstop since the student had the medical emergency in class.” We’re sorry for your loss. On behalf of the director and the whole FCPS family,

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