A 16-year-old high school basketball player in Georgia has died after participating in training Tuesday during extreme heat, sources tell WSB-TV.
Sources said the Elite Scholars Academy student was running outdoors uphill when she was overcome by heat, WSB-TV reported.
Clayton County EMS confirmed that they found the teen unresponsive inside the school around 5:52 p.m.
Officials said she stopped breathing and her heart stopped in the ambulance. She later died at Southern Regional Medical Center.
"We are so sorry for her family's loss and the pain each one of her classmates are feeling," officials said in a statement.
1) Several reliable sources tell me the Elite Scholars Academy student who died was a 16 year old basketball player who was a part of an organized activity running outdoors in the extreme heat. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/AFT16JjxRX— Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) August 14, 2019
2) The sources say the student had to run a mile and had to run up hills. There was no water for students who were overcome by heat. She collapsed around 4:30pm. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/qjCJUWyiZt— Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) August 14, 2019
Clayton County Schools confirmed the death of the student late Tuesday night:
"We are very saddened by the loss of one of our students this evening. The school district is here to support the family of the student and all school staff and student body," officials with the district said in a statement.
The district said grief counselors and a crisis team are at the school to provide support Wednesday.
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