Child's Death Investigated

Health and education officials in Choctaw County, Ala., are investigating the death of an elementary school student Monday, but they say they don't believe it was swine flu-related.

Officials aren't releasing many details of the student's death. They only say it was a student at Choctaw County Elementary School.

They also say that the student did not have symptoms of either the flu, or any other contagious disease, and there is no need to shut the school down.

"We could rest everyone assured that there was not any reason for them to panic," said superintendent Sue Moore. "There wasn't any reason why Choctaw Elementary School was not a safe school. It has always been a safe school."

Choctaw County coroner, Rocky Bumpers, says an autopsy will be done on the child in the next couple of days to try to determine the cause of death.

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  • by cem Location: butler on Sep 2, 2009 at 06:41 PM
  • by Anna Location: Butler, Alabama on Sep 2, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    How can you determine that it is not contagious if an autopsy haven't been performed??? I believe that Choctaw County B.O.E could definitely use a lot more education themselves. No one can say 100% what the cause of death is; therefore how do you know that you are not putting these children at risk??? Maybe another death will get the attention of Choctaw County B.O.E
  • by SNB Location: Butler on Sep 1, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    As a mother of CCES school system, I am embarrassed of the news clip on the child our school has just lost. Instead of showing this family and the classmates of this young guy sympathy, our school's Superintendant couldn't stress enough how safe our schools are. Although I see the importance to show our school is safe, the main point of her speech tonight should have been the fact we have lost a child of our huge family, we will do what we can to help this family with it's lose, and provide help for the classmates of this fine young man. I was very embarrassed of our school!!! Although I didn't know this young man,or his family, I would like them to know some of this school has their heart and brains in the right place and is praying for them and our entire school family. And I apologize that that we have such selfish people not only employeed at CCES, but have the position of running this school!!
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