A Look At Pool Safety

Legislation clears committee in the wake of Connecticut school drownings.

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Rep. Stephen Dargan.
Photo:Chion Wolf
Alaine Griffin.
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On Nov. 21, 2012,  Malvrick Donkor, 14, drowned during a swim class at Manchester High School.

His death was the second drowning at a Connecticut school last year. In the neighboring town of East Hartford, Freshman Marcum Asiamah  drowned Jan. 11 during P.E. class at East Hartford High School.

His family - like Malvrick’s from Ghana - said the boy did not know how to swim. The lessons at school were apparently his first. This year, the town settled a $1.5 million claim with his estate.

In the wake of the deaths, State Rep. Stephen Dargan has proposed legislation to establish uniform school pool safety. Dargan and Hartford Courant reporter Alaine Griffin talk about the deaths and new proposal.