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Master’s College sued over student death

Posted: March 8, 2013 5:23 p.m.
Updated: March 8, 2013 5:23 p.m.
Mingyu “Paul” Sang Mingyu “Paul” Sang
Mingyu “Paul” Sang

The family of a 19-year-old Master’s College freshman who died during a beach outing last summer has sued the college for wrongful death, according to court documents.

The case concerns the death of Mingyu “Paul” Sang, an exchange student from South Korea, who died Aug. 22 at a beach in Oxnard after a sand pit at least six feet deep collapsed on him.

An autopsy later revealed Sang died of “asphyxia with suffocation.”

Sang had been a permanent United States resident for five years and had started business classes at the Santa Clarita Christian college five days before his death, a college official told The Signal shortly after the incident.

In the lawsuit, filed Jan. 7 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Sang’s parents, Young Sang and Guem Cho, allege the college created an unsafe environment for their son through the filming of a promotional video for the college that was meant to be posted online.

Such videos have been produced by The Master’s College before, according to the filing.

The lawsuit alleges Paul Sang was told to take a camera into the hole to tape some other students. The weight of the other students then apparently forced the hole to collapse, according to the suit.

Sang was one of about 350 Master’s College students at Oxnard Beach Park that day for an orientation outing.

Mark Tatlock, executive vice president and provost of The Master’s College, said Friday the school has no comment on the suit at this time.

“We’re not going to respond other than to say our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” Tatlock said.
Paul Sang’s parents are demanding a jury trial to decide the case, according to the filing.
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