Ferndale High School student collapsed and died following track practice

FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a student athlete who collapsed and died following track practice at Ferndale High School on Thursday.

Mario Campbell was a 16-year-old junior at Ferndale High School. He collapsed at the school following a training practice with the track team.

"Mario was a wonderful student, enthusiastic learner, team player and dedicated friend. He always had a smile on his face and a good word to share. We will cherish his memory forever," says Principal Lisa Williams.

Grief counselors were at the school Friday morning to support students and staff members.

Shaun Butler, Ferndale High School's Athletic Director, says Mario was a "hard-working, dedicated and determined student athlete. He made dramatic improvements in his 400 time last year, and had set his goal to be the top hurdler this season. Mario was quiet, positive, well-liked and respected. We will really miss him."

The superintendent of Ferndale Public Schools issued the following the statement:

We have very sad news to share with our school community.  Last night, a Ferndale High School student died after collapsing at school following a training practice with the track team.  Mario Campbell, age 16, was a junior.

Lisa Williams, Principal of Ferndale High School, led the school in a moment of silence during first hour this morning after she shared the news that Mario had died.  She asked the school family to stand together and support each other.  Grief counselors were at the high school on Friday morning to support students and staff.  The district's counseling and social work staff were also asked to start their day at FHS. 

Ms. Williams said, "We appreciate the strong support we've already received from our school family to help each other and our student's family and friends through this sad time."

Ms. Williams also added: "Mario was a wonderful student, enthusiastic learner, team player and dedicated friend.  He always had a smile on his face and a good word to share.  We will cherish his memory forever."

Shaun Butler, FHS Athletic Director said, "This young man was a hard-working, dedicated and determined student athlete. He made dramatic improvements in his 400 time last year, and had set his goal to be the top hurdler this season. Mario was quiet, positive, well liked and respected.  We will really miss him. "

Please keep Mario's family and friends in your thoughts. Everyone in our school community will be impacted by this tragic loss, especially those who knew him, his friends and teachers, present and past. Everyone will benefit from the support of the Ferndale Schools Family.

Our eNews this afternoon will have resources for talking to children and teens about grief.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Meier

Superintendent

Ferndale Public Schools

 

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