No charges in teen's death at school

Police say a 16-year-old, identified as Corey Foster, was playing basketball when he became involved in a dispute. School officials broke up the fight and briefly restrained Foster, and he fell unconscious and went into cardiac arrest.

August 2, 2012 2:45:19 PM PDT
No criminal charges will be filed against staff members of a troubled youth residential center in the death of a 16 year boy who lived there. That decision from prosecutors in Westchester County in the case of Corey Foster-, who died after staffers tried to restrain him during an angry outburst.

The death last April sparked protests among students on campus and led to a demand for answers by Corey Foster's parents.

Foster was a resident at Leake and Watts, a school for troubled youth. The teen was being treated for behavioral issues. He became agitated during a pickup basketball game and was restrained by four staff members in what's called a therapeutic hold.

An autopsy determined Foster died of cardiac arrest, and the death was ruled accidental. Now the Westchester County District Attorney says no criminal charges will be filed in the case. The DA says her office interviewed 55 students and staffers at Leake and Watts. Surveillance tapes from the gym were reviewed and enhanced. School and medical records examined and the autopsy reviewed by an independent cardiologist.

The school issued a statement which reads: "This announcement supports our internal review, which deemed that appropriate therapeutic practices designed to support the young people in our care, were followed on the night of April 18th."

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