HOUSTON – The alleged drowning death of an American teenager
at a school in Thailand is the subject of a lawsuit filed in Harris County late
John and Tara Faseler brought the suit against International
School Bangkok and International School Association, claiming their 16-year-old
son Anthony perished during water polo practice at the defendants’ campus on
Apr. 5, 2016.
The elder Faselers assert a school employee who purportedly
was a certified lifeguard neglected to watch the boy. Per the complaint, John
Faseler viewed security footage showing the lifeguard cleaning the pool area.
“On the video, the ‘lifeguard’ can be observed working in
and around the area at which Anthony went under, shortly after this occurred,”
the original petition says. “With even a modicum of diligence, this ‘lifeguard’
would have been able to save Anthony’s life.”
Faulting the lifeguard for leaving the pool area without “clearing
the pool,” the plaintiffs further allege that Anthony’s father and younger
father found him but were not able to resuscitate him.
Consequently, the Faselers seek unspecified monetary damages
and a jury trial.
They are represented by attorneys Samuel S. Griffin, III; Neal
E. Spielman, and J. Carlos Sedillo of the law firm Griffin & Matthews in
Harris County 234th District Court Case No. 2017-22331