A highschool principal says he did not examine the outcomes of a compulsory swim check earlier than a pupil canoe journey throughout which a youngster drowned almost 4 years in the past.
Monday Gala, who was principal of C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute on the time of the 2017 incident, is testifying on the trial of Nicholas Mills.
Mills, a instructor on the college, led a gaggle of Toronto highschool college students on subject journey to Algonquin Provincial Park that July.
He’s charged with prison negligence inflicting the loss of life of 15-year-old Jeremiah Perry, who drowned throughout the journey.
Perry vanished into the water at Huge Trout Lake and a police dive staff discovered his physique the following day.
Prosecutors allege Mills paid little consideration to security guidelines relating to the journey.
Gala instructed the court docket Thursday that college students looking for to participate within the journey needed to take a swimming check forward of time.
An preliminary plan known as for individuals who failed the check to be excluded from the journey, however that raised considerations about fairness, he testified.
The plan was then revised in order that college students who failed the check could be given swimming classes after which submitted to a second check previous to the journey, he stated.
Those that failed the second check wouldn’t be allowed on the canoe journey however would as a substitute be given the possibility to participate in one other out of doors tour later that didn’t contain water, he stated.
Requested why he did not inquire concerning the check outcomes earlier than the journey, Gala stated that in hindsight, he understood why that might have been essential.
However on the time, he stated, “the itinerary may be very clear, the rules are very clear…so it by no means occurred to me to say, ‘can I see the swim check outcomes.”‘