Appeal Filed in Dismissal of Charges vs. Reform School Counselors Accused After Student Died

Prosecutors filed an appeal challenging the dismissal of charges against five counselors at a school for juvenile offenders who were accused of waiting more than half an hour before calling 911 about an unresponsive student who died.

The counselors at the now-closed Bowling Brook Preparatory School had been charged with reckless endangerment in last year's death of 17-year-old Isaiah Simmons. Circuit Court Judge Michael Galloway dismissed the charges last week.

The counselors were accused of waiting 41 minutes to call 911 after Simmons became unresponsive while being restrained. However, Galloway ruled that not calling for help does not fit the legal definition of reckless endangerment.

Deputy state's attorney David Daggett says the attorney general's office will handle the appeal.