PHOENIX – An Arizona school board has voted to fire a high school teacher after one of his students died after being pulled from the pool during gym class.
Monday's decision goes against the recommendation of a hearing officer, who ruled the Peoria Unified School District lacked evidence to prove Glendale Ironwood High teacher Tim McKee acted unprofessionally or violated school board policies.
Before the board's 4-1 vote Monday, McKee's attorney said the district should have better provided for student safety with lifeguards on duty instead of teachers, who were not certified as lifeguards.
Jesus "Jesse" Prado died May 14, two days after a classmate pulled him from the school pool. The Arizona Republic reports the 16-year-old sophomore was just learning to swim.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com