Mother sues wilderness education school over son’s death in India

Last month I wrote about the lack of safety information in the study-abroad industry and a couple of Minnesota students who have died while on trips overseas.

Now it appears that the parents of one of those students -- Thomas Plotkin of Minnetonka -- is suing the company that took him overseas, the Pioneer Press reports.

In 2011, Plotkin died during a hiking accident in India while on a program run by the National Outdoor Leadership School of Wyoming.

The paper writes that in the lawsuit, the student's mother, Elizabeth Brenner, says the school didn't properly train or equip her son, and took too long to seek help when he disappeared:

"Instructors told NOLS' head of risk management in Wyoming about the incident before they informed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, who were in a village about a mile away."

You can read the full story here.

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