Mumford swimming teacher charged in 15-year-old student’s drowning


An autopsy report from the case showed there was a bruise on Blanding’s head, which caused the family’s lawyer to ask what really happened.

“He was killed. That’s horrific. That should not have happened,” attorney Johnny Hawkins said.

Since late February, Blanding’s family has been looking for answers on what happened in the untimely drowning of the student at Mumford High. Hawkins has been in contact with the boy’s mother every single day.

“Miss Blanding is extremely distressed. She’s trying to be as patient as she can,” Hawkins said. “She’s frustrated and she wants answers, but I’m telling her I’m sure that we’re getting closer, because now more information is coming in.”

According to the autopsy report, Blanding was believed to be under water for at least 30 minutes and had a bruise of his head resembling the grate along the outside of the pool – insinuating the teen either fell in or was pushed.

Other children in the class admit to horseplay, but Blanding’s family believes he was constantly bullied because of a learning disability.

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