Student dies after collapsing in gym class

Posted at 7:29 AM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 07:29:46-04

SOMERSET, NJ (WCBS/CNN) - Students, faculty, and staff at a New Jersey high school are mourning the death of a 14-year-old freshman.

The student died Tuesday after collapsing in gym class at Franklin High School.

“It just happened so suddenly,” said Shreya Patel, a junior at the school.

At first they all thought it was heat exhaustion.

But Patel, who was outside playing frisbee when a fellow classmate collapsed on the football field, said it didn't take long to realize what was happening was much more serious.

“He was seizing right in front of me, and I saw the teachers get really scared and performing CPR and take the AED out,” she said.

School administrators said the 14-year-old freshman could not be revived just after 9 a.m.

Another student recounted the ordeal.

“When it happened we had a shelter in place drill, so that means everyone had to clear the halls because there had been an emergency,” said Nishta Venkatesh, a junior.

Police rushed to the school grounds but word spread fast that the young teen couldn't be saved.

At dismissal, students said they saw many who were distraught over the boy's death. 

“It was very disappointing and sad. We're all just grieving right no,” said Justin Smith, a senior at the school.

“He had a whole life in front of him, it's really scary,” Patel said.

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