Anchorage student dies after collapsing during gym class

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 10th grade student at Dimond High School died Wednesday after passing out during gym class.

The sophomore, whose name was not released, was playing badminton about 1:45 p.m. when he collapsed, said Roger Fiedler, a spokesman for the Anchorage School District. The school nurse was immediately summoned and paramedics were called, Fiedler said.

The student was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center. Later, school officials were notified that the boy had died, Fiedler said.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital declined to release any details.

The death prompted school district officials to cancel math exit exams--the third part of the exams--for Dimond sophomores that had been scheduled for Thursday. The exams have not yet been rescheduled, according to Fiedler. He said exams will still be given at other schools.

School district counselors and psychologists will be at the school Thursday to help students, teachers and others cope with the loss, said Bob Christal, superintendent of schools.

''It's just important to focus on the emotional needs of the school right now,'' Christal said. ''This is a tragedy.''

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