High school girl dies after medical emergency during flag football game

High school girl dies after medical emergency during flag football game

SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia (WGCL/Gray News) — A Georgia high school senior died Wednesday afternoon after a medical emergency during a football game.

The administration of Weber School, a private Jewish school in Sandy Springs, confirmed that the student was in the senior year.

Officials have not said what the medical emergency was, and the student’s name will not be released at the request of the family.


Parents told WGCL that fellow students watched in terror as the teen collapsed on the field and then witnessed repeated failed attempts to resuscitate him.

Rabbi Ed Harwitz, principal of the school, said the school mourns the tragic loss and provides mental health care to students and staff.

In a statement to WGCL, Harwitz wrote:

“Weber School mourns the tragic loss yesterday of a member of our Senior Class. Last night and this morning students, teachers, staff and parents came together in solidarity and meaningful reflection and prayer. Beginning today, Weber is working with Jewish community agencies and mental health professionals to provide teams of therapists, counselors, and rabbis to support our students, educators, staff, and parents. All classes, athletic training, events and co-curricular programs have been canceled today. We are deeply grateful for the expressions of love and support so many throughout Atlanta have shared upon hearing this tragic news. Right now, Weber’s only concern is caring for our grieving community.”

An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death.

The school is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Atlanta.


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