The US Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the lawsuit filed against the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary could not proceed as the application was filed too late. The lawsuit against the sanctuary stems from an incident where 14-year-old American student, Tomari Jackson had drowned at the sanctuary whilst on a school trip. Jackson was on a trip with other students from the US North Cobb High School. Jackson went swimming on February 13, 2016 in the Sibun River and subsequently drowned. The child’s mother, Adell Forbes filed a lawsuit claiming that several parties were responsible for Jackson’s death including the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The mother filed a lawsuit on March 24, 2017 in the Cobb County State Court against nine Cobb schools chaperones, the Cobb County School District, Cobb County Government and the sanctuary. She later dropped the lawsuit against the government and the trial court had dismissed the case against the school district and the chaperones on the grounds of official immunity. The ruling pertaining to the sanctuary in Belize was handed down yesterday on the grounds that Belize has a one-year time limit for plaintiffs to file claims against defendants in a case of this nature. It is understood, however, that part of the case could still go forward because the Supreme Court was not asked to review a Court of Appeals ruling that Forbes’ personal injury claims can move ahead. Those claims were within Georgia’s two-year statute of limitations.
The US Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the lawsuit filed against the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary could not proceed as the application was filed too late.