Prosecutor: East Detroit swim instructor changed clothes rather than save drowning boy


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The swimming instructor in charge of the class where an East Detroit High School student drowned last year opted to change into his swimming clothes rather than jump into the pool when he learned that a boy was struggling in the water, according to Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.

The instructor also was not certified as a swim teacher and was in the bleachers — not in the pool where he should have been — when students in the remedial swimming class ran to tell him that 14-year-old KeAir Swift was in trouble, Smith said. When the instructor went to check on the boy, KeAir was already at the bottom of the pool, but instead of taking action, the instructor left to get changed.

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