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Michigan Facility Loses License After Restraint Death of Boy With Mental Illness

What happened: Residential facility Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan, will lose its license following an investigation after the death of a 16-year-old Black boy.

On April 29, student Cornelius Frederick was forcibly restrained by staff after he threw a sandwich. According to Detroit Free Press, video shows a staff member “placing their weight on Fredericks’ chest for nearly 10 minutes, with the teen shouting, ‘I can’t breathe.'” Frederick went into cardiac arrest and staff waited 12 minutes before calling 911.

Frederick was hospitalized in a coma until his death on May 1. The senseless death of a youth at Lakeside for Children in Kalamazoo is intolerable and heartbreaking.

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