Parents sue Georgia school system in gym mat death
Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson stand next to a banner on their SUV showing their late son, Kendrick Johnson, on Dec. 13, 2013, in Valdosta, Ga. The 17 year old was found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school Jan. 11, 2013, and authorities ruled it was a freak accident. Kendrick's family believes someone killed him and has been fighting to reopen the case. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)
Kenneth Johnson rolls up his sleeve to show a tattoo of his late son, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, on Dec. 13, 2013, in Valdosta, Ga. The teenager was found dead Jan. 11, 2013, inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school and authorities concluded it was a freak accident. Kendrick's family believes he was killed and has fought to reopen the case. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)
Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, whose son Kendrick was found dead in a wrestling mat, appear at a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 31 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla. A federal prosecutor said Thursday that he is conducting a formal review of facts and evidence in the death of a teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)
Elsie Williams, center, Jarius Humprey, second right, and Yvette Humphrey, right, pray with relatives of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson on Dec. 13, 2013, in Valdosta, Ga. Johnson was found dead inside a rolled gym mat at his high school on Jan. 11, 2013, and authorities concluded he died in a freak accident. His family is fighting to reopen the case. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against school administrators.
The parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta sued Monday in Superior Court. Their lawsuit blames the Lowndes County school board for allowing Johnson to die "at the hands of one or more students" while at his high school during school hours.
Classmates found Johnson's body inside a rolled-up mat propped in a corner of the gym Jan. 11, 2013.
Sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident, having fallen into the mat and gotten stuck upside down.
Johnson's parents insist that someone killed him.
The school board's attorney, Warren Turner, did not immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.