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Dacula student dies following medical emergency

DACULA — A male 11th grade student from Dacula High School died Tuesday after a “medical emergency” in the gymnasium, according to the school’s principal.

The student, whose name has not been released, passed away after being transported to an area hospital via ambulance, according to school officials.

District Spokesman Jorge Quintana said the teen was “feeling ill.”

The incident occurred in the morning, as third period classes were beginning.

According to a letter from Principal Donald Nutt on the school’s website, “a number of students were in the gym when this situation occurred.

“911 was called and our teachers and school nurse responded immediately to aid the student. Emergency personnel transported the student to an area hospital where we learned he passed away.”

Added Nutt: “This has been a very difficult day for Dacula High School …a loss like this touches not just our students but others throughout the community.”

Officials with the school system confirmed Tuesday that the student had died.

“We were notified that the student was transported to an area hospital after feeling ill at school,” Quintana said. “We were notified that the student passed away at the hospital.”

He added that school counselors were made available after school “for friends and classmates.”