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Two mothers sue Boy Scouts of America

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Two mothers from South Salt Lake are filing a law suit against the Boy Scouts of America for a minimum of $300,000 because lighting hit their children in 2010 at a summer camp.
"There is a giant hole in my heart that will never be filled. I miss my son everyday," -David Rayborn
WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Two mothers from South Salt Lake are filing a law suit against the Boy Scouts of America for a minimum of $300,000 because lighting hit their children in 2010 at a summer camp.   

The women say the scouting organization is responsible for the strike because it failed to properly train scout leaders about lighting safety. 

"There is a giant hole in my heart that will never be filled.  I miss my son everyday.  His three brothers miss him.  He should be home with me," said Connie Rayborn.  Her son David Rayborn died from the strike. 

David was walking with his best friend Sean Smith to their tent at Camp Scofield July 11, 2010 when lighting hit the two boys. 

"I'm still just devastated. The more I learn about what happened that day the more frustrated I get," said Rayborn. 

"It really sickened me when I found out everybody ran for themselves," said Jean Smith.  Her son is Sean Smith. 

The mothers say a building sat only 200 yards away from where they were playing horseshoes when the storm rolled in.  They say no leaders guided the boys in the building so they decided to walk up a ridge to their tents.   

Attorney Ron Kramer says scout leaders were trained, "When lighting roars, go indoors," but the leaders were not trained that tents do not provide protection in a lighting storm. 

"We just want them to improve things. We want a better safer camp for these boys," said Rayborn, 

The Boy Scouts of America have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. 






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