The Rankin County School District is facing legal action from the parents of football player Phillip “Trey” Laster of Brandon, who passed away in 2022 due to a cardiac arrhythmia following a collapse during practice.
In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Laster’s parents, Phillip and Ashanta Laster, filed the case on January 11. Rankin County School District, which is in charge of Brandon High School, is named as the only defendant. Benjamin Crump is a catastrophic personal injury and civil rights attorney whom the Laster family has retained.
Trey Laster Death
On August 1, 2022, Trey Laster, 17, passed away following a collapse during an afternoon football practice. The Clarion-Ledger was able to obtain a report from the Rankin County coroner indicating that Laster’s cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia.
“No child should ever be in danger of losing their life in pursuit of a passion, especially under the supervision and instruction of adults who should know when to stop pushing these young athletes,”Crump said in a news release. “Trey’s tragic death could have been, and should have been, prevented by those in charge, and shows a troubling lack of adherence to guidelines surrounding heat exhaustion prevention.”