We lost three students over these two days. There were probably more. Unfortunately, we don’t track these deaths. We hear about them if they show up in a google search. If three kids die in two days, can this really be a rare occurrence or do we need to do a better job of tracking the problem?
#1 A male student from Richland High School was to be flown to Seattle on Friday afternoon after collapsing during the lunch hour.
The ninth-grader, whose name was not released, was on break outside of the school Friday with friends when he collapsed, said school district spokesman Steve Aagaard. Friends ran to get help and two school employees administered first-aid. The athletic director quickly arrived on the scene with a defibrillator, which he used to restart the boy’s heart. Paramedics then took the teen to Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
#2 The Freeport community is mourning the loss of a 12-year-old who collapsed and died at John W. Dodd Middle School on Thursday.
Seventh-grade student Camille Scott collapsed while entering her classroom Thursday afternoon, according to both Nassau County police and the Freeport School district. Scott was taken to a local hospital where she later passed away.
#3 A 14-year-old boy died Wednesday after collapsing during a Wagoner Middle School wrestling practice, an official said.
During a cooldown at the end of practice, eighth-grader Ty’Darius Penney fell to the ground and was unresponsive to coaches who came to his aid, Wagoner Public Schools superintendent Monte Thompson said.