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Fargo South High Drowning Police Report Raising Questions

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Fargo Police have released the report detailing what happened the day 19-year-old Frederic Ndererimana was found at the bottom of Fargo South High School's pool earlier this spring.
   
But the report also raises many unanswered questions about what happened February 18, like "How did Ndererimana make it to the bottom of the deep end of the swimming pool during a class?" and "Did instructors use the proper methods to rescue him?"

The report says 26 students were being led by two instructors at the time of the incident. One instructor was a student teacher from NDSU and the other a teacher at Fargo South. No life guards were on duty.

Students who were not skilled at swimming, like Ndererimana, were supposed to stay in the shallow end of the pool. The instructors say they were keeping a watchful eye on him, but despite this, Ndererimana was ultimately found at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. With two instructors watching the class, how did he end up there?

One student said he saw Ndererimana swimming toward the deep end of the pool even though he was supposed to stay in the shallows.


When he was found, students tried bringing him up on their own before they were able to get the attention of teachers.

The report says one teacher tried using a hook to reach Ndererimana, but the student teacher said he knew the pole wasn't long enough. That's when the same teacher removed his shirt and shoes and dove in.

The Fargo Parks Assistant Director of Recreation David Klundt manages all five Fargo pools and says the hook is mainly used as a grabbing tool for shallow water or to help bring swimmers to shallow water.

"A shepherd's crook...can be protocol at a pool. We use what's called rescue tubes to rescue people, but at the bottom of the pool a rescue tube isn't going to do you any good because they float," he says.

The same teacher who dove in after Ndererimana admits in the report that he isn't a very good swimmer. Which also begs the question, "Why would someone who identifies themself in that way be teaching a swimming class?"

Valley News Live tried reaching out to the school district and they told us they don't have a comment on the report or the drowning incident at this time. They did say they are working on a new pool policy to be in effect this July.











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