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Parents sue Montgomery County schools, football coaches over son's death

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With record-setting temperatures comes serious health risk. Over the last 15 years, more than 30 Maryland student-athletes have died in heat-related incidents, according to a representative from the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association.

Now, the parents of one of those athletes is suing.

In 2009, 16-year-old Edwin Miller collapsed during a Northwest High School football practice.

He was rushed to a hospital and later died from heat and dehydration, according to medical reports.

His parents are suing the Montgomery County school system and three football coaches for $4 million. The lawsuit alleges that coaches failed to make sure Miller was in sufficient physical condition to safely participate in drills and required him to participate when he was physically incapable.

The suit also says the school failed to supply trainers, first aid, water and ice, which led to heatstroke.

According to the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association, more than 30 deaths over the last 15 years were heat-induced. On July 1, a new law took effect requiring all school systems to implement a heat policy for sports.

The Montgomery County school system says all of the coaches were given a handbook that includes guidelines for preventing heat-related illnesses. However, they had no comment on the lawsuit.

Two of the coaches couldn't be reached and one declined to comment.

The Montgomery County athletics department also said they plan to put a heat policy in place that will require parents, students and coaches to review health and safety information.

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