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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lawsuit settled over teen's death at Okla. school

  • Traquan James Patton died on Aug. 21, 2010, a day after he collapsed in the heat during a 3.1-mile run at a park across from Putnam City High School.
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  • The mother of a teenager who died during an off-season conditioning workout has settled her lawsuit against Putnam City Public Schools.
     
    Traquan James Patton died on Aug. 21, 2010, a day after he collapsed in the heat during a 3.1-mile run at a park across from Putnam City High School. The 16-year-old died of hyperthermia after moving to the district two weeks earlier.
     
    The Oklahoman reports that Patton's mother, LaTasha Patton, settled her lawsuit this month with the school district for $97,500.
     
    Attorneys representing Patton's mother said in a legal brief that the teen was abandoned "during his most dangerous part of the run." But attorney Laura Holmes, representing the district, says Patton's death was caused not by improper supervision but from the 100-degree heat.

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