malvrick donkor

Malvrick Donkor, 14, drowned in his high school pool the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

*Tragedy struck in a Connecticut high school just before Thanksgiving and the community is still in shock.

If more of our children were good swimmers, more of them would survive water-related deaths.

In Manchester City High School last Wednesday, Ghanian-born, 14-year-old Malvrick Donkor stepped into the deep end of the school’s pool during class and no one was the wiser, according to an anonymous source to the Hartford Courant.

It wasn’t until the end of class, 17 minutes later, that a student alerted the swimming teacher Thayer Redman, that someone was under water.