Drowning victim’s family sues Transy, citing ‘culture of disregard’ at swimming pool


A Frankfort couple have charged in a Fayette Circuit Court lawsuit that negligence by Transylvania University led to the drowning of their 13-year-old son in a university swimming pool in June.

The suit was filed Monday by Ricky L. and Jessica A. Harris, whose son, Ricky Harris III,died June 23 after losing consciousness during a recreational swim at Transy’s William T. Young Campus Center. He was attending an academic summer camp at Transy.

The lawsuit alleges that because of a “culture of disregard as to swimming pool safety” at Transy, Ricky Harris sank under the water without being noticed, remaining underwater “for an extended period of time” before being found.

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