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Mumford High School student dies after being found submerged in school's swimming pool

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 12:06:21-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A student at Mumford High School in Detroit died Monday, according to a statement from the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The student was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being found submerged in the school's swimming pool. A certified swimming instructor administered CPR to the student before paramedics took the student to a local hospital.

The student's family were notified and an investigation is ongoing.

The district says that grief counselors will be available to students. No further information about the student will be released by the school and swim classes have been canceled, the district said.

The district released the following statement:

Yesterday’s loss of one of our students during school hours and at one of our schools has been one of the most difficult incidents we have endured as a School Board/Superintendent team. We are committed to determine what caused this tragic loss at the highest level of transparency once the facts surface regarding what occurred. If the conclusion of the investigation reveals any wrongdoing then we will be sure to hold any and all personnel or students accountable. At this point, the swimming teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation or the surfacing of more facts regarding the incident.

We will provide Mumford students with grief counselors as they requested by our students, staff and parents. We sincerely request that the media respect the confidentiality of the student we lost and allow the District and law enforcement to complete our investigation of the matter. We commit to fully updating the media and community about the incident once additional facts surface. We have nothing to gain from hiding the truth of this devastating loss. We owe our student, his family, and the Mumford community the truth and justice they deserve—and we are fully committed to that conclusion.