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Parents of dead high school football player sue Federal Way school district

Associated Press

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The parents of a Seattle area high school football player who died during a team workout are suing the school district.

KIRO-7 reported Friday that the wrongful death lawsuit against Federal Way Public Schools was filed in King County by the family of 16-year-old Allen Harris.

Harris collapsed during a summer conditioning workout in July at Federal Way High School.

He died at a local hospital after becoming unconscious and his body went into cardiac arrest.

The medical examiner said Harris had a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The lawsuit claims the coaches didn’t act and weren’t properly trained to treat the sudden cardiac arrest even though such regular health training is mandated by Washington state law.

The school system said its athletic directors and coaches are trained as required.

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