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Investigation into student drowning finds rough play

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Before he sunk to the bottom of his school's swimming pool in late February, 12-year-old Abdullahi Charif joined several other boys in a game of "king of the hill" – in which they pushed one another off an inflatable raft.

At times, the shoving got rough, several classmates said. As one boy told police, Abdullahi was in the deep end when someone pushed him in the back, causing Abdullahi to belly flop onto the water and likely hurt himself.

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