Authorities: Middle school student drowns on field trip

May 19, 2008 6:56:20 AM PDT
Jefferson County authorities are investigating the death of a middle school student who drowned during a field trip to a college's aquatics center. Casey Middle School eighth-grader Javon Howard died Friday at Rend Lake College in Ina.

The college says the 14-year-old Howard was playing with other students in the pool when he was elbowed in the nose. After being assessed by a lifeguard, Javon re-entered the pool but eventually slipped under the water's surface.

The college says he was under water for less than a minute before being pulled from the pool.

He later died at a Mount Vernon hospital.

The school district's superintendent says the event was well-supervised, with four teachers and as many teacher's aides in addition to lifeguards on duty.


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