Following the death of eighth grade student, grief counselors were on hand at a Middletown school on Friday.
Jose Trinidad collapsed while performing a school activity inside the gymnasium at Woodrow Wilson Middle School on Thursday, Middletown Superintendent Patricia Charles said. The basketball team was celebrating the end of its season when Trinidad collapsed.
Charles said Trinidad received immediate medical attention because the school nurse was still at the school and the coach and adults were nearby. However, he died at Middlesex Hospital.
The school posted on its website Trinidad was “a caring friend with a smile for everyone.”
"He was a wonderful boy, great sense of humor. He was delightful. Just hearing the staff and students talk about him today shows he was well liked," Charles told Eyewitness News.
On Friday, a poster that read "forever in our hearts" with a photo of Trinidad was signed by his friends.
"Having that happen at the school, have to be more than any of them can bear," said the crossing guard at Woodrow Wilson Middle School Debbie.
Debbie said employees can get attached to the students and Thursday's incidents makes it difficult.
"I don't really know what to say, it's just terrible, a terrible thing," she said.
The circumstances around his death were unknown.
Counseling was made available for students and staff at Woodrow Wilson Middle School on Friday. Counselors will be available on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
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