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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018. 10:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Adell Forbes, the mother of Tomari Jackson who drowned at  Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize during a North Cobb High School international studies magnet field trip back in February 2016 is blaming several people for the death of her son.

According to a US News Report, Forbes is suing the Cobb schools chaperones — many of them teachers — on Tomari’s trip, along with Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize, and the man who runs the wildlife sanctuary.

Last year in April, a disturbing video footage surfaced on social media that showed Tomari gasping for air, and in the video, he can be heard asking for help. The footage was later partially shown on “Good Morning America” alongside an interview with Forbes.

According to US media reports, Forbes had given Tomari the camera to record his adventures in Central America however, he died on the first day of the trip.

Attorneys in the case are looking at whether or not, the trip was considered a school event, and if the judge determines that the four chaperones/teachers were working in their capacity as school district employees – that could give them immunity.

The case was adjourned until May 21.

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