Update: Police Probe Discovery Student’s Death
By Space Coast Daily // May 16, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Rescue personnel responding to a call for assistance at Discovery Elementary School in Palm Bay found a 13-year-old student in severe medical distress at 8:15 a.m.Tuesday.
When paramedics arrived they immediately began attempts to revive the child who was transported to Palm Bay Hospital.
She subsequently was pronounced dead at 9:36 a.m.
Martinez said Palm Bay Police detectives are working with the medical examiner and the family to determine cause of death and any other circumstances.
“There is information regarding prior medical conditions that may have played a role in her death which remains under investigation,” Martinez said.
Brevard Public Schools public information officer Christine Davis said the entire Discovery Elementary community has been saddened by the student’s death.
“The student suffered a health related issue shortly after arriving at Discovery Elementary School on Tuesday morning. Her teacher was immediately aware, administration was notified and 911 was contacted.”
Davis said emergency responders were on site within minutes and transported the student to the hospital.
“With grave disappointment, the student passed away mid-morning,” she said.
A crisis response team and Brevard Public Schools Area Office representatives responded immediately to the situation and worked with school staff throughout the remainder of Tuesday.
“The crisis team has returned to Discovery today to assist students and or faculty as needed,” Davis said.