- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in front of hundreds of students at Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High School.

The justices heard a case Wednesday about the drowning death of a 19-year-old man at a state-run school in Barry County in 2009. Two courts have said William Beals’ mother can sue the lifeguard.

Sophomore Tyler Baker tells The Ann Arbor News (https://bit.ly/1JaiyCL ) that it reminded her of a debate class.

The case raises issues of governmental immunity and the proximate cause of Beals’ death at the Michigan Career and Technical Institute, 30 miles north of Kalamazoo.

Witnesses say the lifeguard seemed distracted while talking to girls and playing with a football.

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. told hundreds of students Wednesday that oral arguments are key in deciding cases.

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