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No Charges In NYC School Trip Drowning

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Nicole Suriel (credit: Family Handout)

Nicole Suriel (credit: Family Handout)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor has determined that the drowning of a 12-year-old Harlem girl on a school trip was tragic but that there was no criminality involved.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Monday no charges will be filed in the case of Nicole Suriel.

Nicole was one of 24 students from Harlem’s Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering on the June outing to Long Beach, Long Island.

Rice said the decision to let the children into the ocean may have been unwise. But she said evidence did not support a finding of criminality on the part of any of those involved.

A teacher who chaperoned the kids was later fired. The school’s principal was placed on probation.

Nicole father, Juan Suriel, told the Daily News he’s still processing the DA’s decision.

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