SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A student has drowned at a Springfield middle school in what school officials call a “tragic accident.”
“Our deep felt condolences, our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. We just can’t imagine the enourmity of this loss for this family,” said Superintendent Daniel Warwick.
Emergency crews were called to Kiley Middle School on Cooley Street around 2:00 p.m.
Springfield Police says that the 12-year-old boy was rushed to Baystate Medical Center where the child was pronounced dead.
At a press conference Friday night, an emotional Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick expressed his “deepest condolences” to the family of the student and says that a “full and thorough investigation” is underway.
Warwick confirmed that the incident, which he calls a “tragic accident,” occurred during a swim class that was part of the district’s physical education program.
“We had supervision in the pool with our physical education teacher,” said Warwick.
According to Warwick swimming classes will be suspended until the investigation is complete.
It’s an accident unlike any Warwick has seen before.
“Never in my memory and I go back a long way in the school system,” said Warwick.
“First of all our deepest sympthy and condolences to the family. It’s an irreplaceeable loss, many of us have children that age younger or older and you can only imagine that,:” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
The school district will be working to establish counseling for anyone effected by the death and information on that will be disseminated via the district’s ConnectEd system.
School officials are not releasing the boys name.