Ann Arbor — The Michigan Supreme Court is holding court at an Ann Arbor high school.

The justices are hearing a case Wednesday about the death of a 19-year-old man who drowned at a special state-run school in Barry County in 2009. Two courts have said William Beals’ mother can sue the lifeguard.

Witnesses said the lifeguard seemed to be distracted while talking to girls and playing with a football. The case raises issues of governmental immunity and the proximate cause of Beals’ death at the Michigan Career and Technical Institute, 30 miles north of Kalamazoo.

Hundreds of Washtenaw County students will watch at Pioneer High School. The public can also watch online here.

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