LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The gross negligence lawsuit filed against McGregor Baptist Church by the Watlington family has been settled. The family filed the suit after 11-year-old Jesse Watlington was fatally struck by lightning while on the Southwest Florida Christian Community School football field in 2012.
Chuck Watlington, Jesse's father, claimed the church was negligent in allowing his son to go out on the football practice field during an electrical storm.
The Watlington family signed a confidentiality agreement not to discuss the terms of the settlement, but Chuck said the family plans to open a foundation in Jesse's name.
Click here to read the statement released by Chuck Watlington.