Special needs student found in Lake Stevens High School pool taken off life support

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EVERETT, Wash. - A student who was found at the bottom of a Lake Stevens High School pool last month died Sunday after he was removed from life support equipment, his family said.

Fedrick Nifasha died at Providence Hospital Everett.

Nifasha was enrolled in a Lake Stevens School District special education program and was at the Lake Stevens High School pool as part of a field trip May 31.

According to Sim Osborn, an attorney representing the family, the family said it doesn’t understand why Nifasha, who could not swim, was allowed to participate in a school-sanctioned swim outing.

After Nifasha was found unconscious at the bottom of the Lake Stevens High School pool, he was in a coma with no chance of recovery.  Doctors told the family that it appeared Nifasha had been underwater for a considerable amount of time, said Osborn.

“Our preliminary investigation tells us that the only reason they discovered Fedrick at the bottom of the pool was because the school staff noticed a student missing when they prepared to leave the school,” Osborn said. “The big question is why someone who couldn’t swim or speak English would be put in such a situation -- particularly considering his parents never signed a permission slip for the trip.”