A 14-year-old boy that was found unresponsive in the pool at Manchester High School Wednesday morning has died, according to Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard Kisiel.
"It is with great sorrow that we are announcing that this morning, a 14 year old male student at Manchester High School was found in the swimming pool unresponsive and later pronounced dead at Manchester Memorial Hospital," Kisiel said in a statement.
School officials said as a physical education class was finishing, someone saw one of the students at the bottom of the deep end of the pool.
"The teacher in the pool area of the school notified EMS that a student was underwater and asked them to come immediately for resuscitation," Kisiel told Eyewitness News.
None of the 15 students in the class nor the teacher saw anything unusual and were not sure if the student jumped in or fell, according to officials.
"The school community is being informed through the Superintendent's office about counseling services and support available to them," Kisiel said.
The student's name is not being released at this time.
Students said they learned about the incident through social media.
"A lot of them were tweeting about it," said LeAnn McLaren, 15. "That's one of the ways we got to really know about it before the principal announced it."
Kisiel said an investigation is under way and he would not release any other information, including the student's identity.
"It's still so new and fresh we have to look into all aspects of what happened to find out exactly what happened," said Manchester police Capt. Chris Davis.
The football game between Manchester and East Hartford high schools scheduled for Wednesday night has been canceled.
"The CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) is sensitive to the situation at Manchester High School today and fully understands why this football game will not be played prior to the deadline for inclusion in the tournament rankings," said CIAC Associate Executive Director Paul Hoey. "Everyone at the CIAC wishes to offer our heartfelt sympathy and support to the entire Manchester High School community at this difficult time."
According to CIAC officials, the game was "declared a no-contest and will not have any bearing on the tournament rankings."
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