Middle School Student Dies During PE Class

The Washington County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a middle school student in the Florida Panhandle.

Around 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon an 11 year-old boy at Vernon Middle School collapsed while running in PE class.

The school resource officer found the juvenile unconscious and called for emergency medical services and performed CPR.

The boy was transported to Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley where doctors continued life-saving procedures.

When all options were exhausted the boy was pronounced dead.

A preliminary autopsy shows the muscle of the heart thickened for no reason, a condition infamous as a leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes.

Area educators say this is the first time they can recall a student dying on the campus of a Washington County school.


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