Florida Parents Sue Boy Scouts Over Teen’s Death

June 14, 2010

The parents of a teen who died of heat stroke during a South Florida hike with his Boy Scouts troop is suing the organization.

Attorneys for Howard Adelman and Judith Sclawy-Adelman filed the suit in Miami-Dade circuit court. The suit says their son, 17-year-old Michael Sclawy-Adelman, was participating in a 20-mile hike through the Big Cypress National Park of the Florida Everglades in May 2009 when he began to exhibit signs of heat exhaustion. With temperatures around 100 degrees, the teen collapsed and died of heat stroke.

The teen’s parents are claiming the Boy Scouts of America and its scoutmasters were negligent. They’re seeking unspecified damages.

A spokesman for Boy Scouts of America says they have not seen the suit and cannot comment on litigation.

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