But the girls were allowed to go into the water without life jackets, and Cloé "was swept off her feet, went under water multiple times, and screamed for help," according to the petition, which alleged that Harrison and Donaldson "sat on the bank, watching, laughing and taking photographs of plaintiff Cloé Lane's struggle." When Fred Lane asked Harrison about the incident later, she said, according to the petition, "that it was one of the funniest things she had ever seen."
"Nobody's life was in danger. Nobody was anywhere near drowning," Harrison told the Star, adding that the water was knee deep.
The petition also alleged that in January 2011, Harrison blamed Cloé Lane for the loss of a game, singling her out in the locker room in front of other team members.
The petition alleged that the conduct of the school district, its agents and its employees "was motivated by plaintiff Cloé Lane's race." According to the petition, the school district "knew or should have known of the discrimination, harassment and retaliation against the plaintiff," and that the district "failed to take any corrective action."