Midlands family files lawsuit after son dies following football practice


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- A Midlands family has filed a lawsuit after their son died following a football practice two years ago.

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Lewis Simpkins died in August of 2016, at just 14-years-old, while completing an intense workout while at football practice.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday, Simpkins and his teammates were put through an exhausting practice used to punish the team for a bad performance during a scrimmage.

The lawsuit also says the team had to run sprints, do burpees and complete an intense workout on a day when the heat index reached 95 degrees.

His parents are suing Lexington School District One, The State Board of Education, Lexington County and the South Carolina High School League.

He was a student at River Bluff High School.

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