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November 2012 Archives

Student's drowning prompts investigation of high school gym class

A recent drowning during a Connecticut high school gym class raises questions about pool safety. Concerns arose when a classmate noticed the 14-year-old student motionless in the bottom of the pool. The gym teacher pulled the student from the water and began performing CPR as 911 calls were made. Medics arrived within minutes of the call, but the teenager was not able to be resuscitated and was declared dead at a nearby hospital.There were approximately 15 students in this gym class and a teacher was supervising the students. A security camera of the pool area reportedly shows the teenager climbing into the pool's deep end and quietly slipping into the water. Other students continued swimming above him. The student was allegedly underwater for 17 minutes before his classmate alerted the teacher. It is unclear where the teacher was during this 17-minute period of time.

Fort Myers boy killed by lightning strike at football practice

An 11-year old Fort Myers boy died last week because of an accident at his school football practice. His death was not brought on by an intense impact injury, which one may think might lead to death on a football field. Rather, this young boy died after he was struck by lightning.

Tampa event urges lawmakers to enact distracted driving laws

A roomful of people listened to panelists talk about the dangers of distracted driving at the first Distracted Driving Summit in Tampa this week. One of the panelists was a mother who lost her teenage daughter and unborn grandchild in a distracted driving car accident two years ago. The teenager was crossing a street when a distracted driver on a cell phone hit her; she died from her injuries at the hospital.

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