Garcia Middle School student dies after collapsing during athletic period, school says

By Megan Kennedy - Digital News Editor, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

A student at Garcia Middle School was transported to an area hospital Thursday after collapsing during the school's athletics period.

HOUSTON - A sixth-grade student at Garcia Middle School collapsed during his athletic period Thursday, Aldine Independent School District said in a statement.

According to a statement released by the school's principal, Todd Roede, the school nurse and coaches performed CPR on the student and began using the school's defibrillator while waiting for emergency responders.

Roede confirmed in the statement that despite efforts to save him, the student passed away.

The statement read in part:

As you may have heard, one of our students, a 6th-grader, passed away on Thursday, April 25 ... As you can imagine, this is a terribly difficult time for our school community. As such, additional counselors will be on campus on Friday to provide support to students and staff and answer any questions they might have. Those counselors will remain at the campus for as long as they are needed. Our hearts go out to our students’ family and friends.

The identity of the student or his cause of death have not yet been released.

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