DANVILLE (CBS SF) — A male student drowned in the pool at his high school in Danville Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
A spokesman for the Town of Danville said the 15-year-old freshman student was discovered in the pool at San Ramon Valley High School at around 1:51 p.m. by a school staff member, who pulled him from the water and began life-saving measures.
The fire department said emergency personnel also administered CPR and the student was transported to Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
A classmate said the student had been pulled out from the bottom of the deep end of the pool.
“I changed next to the kid in my locker and I saw him, he was laughing, he was happy, and nothing seemed wrong with him,” the classmate said.
San Ramon Valley High School principal Jason Krolikowski said in a statement to parents and school staff, “Words seem inadequate to express the sadness that many in our community are feeling as they receive this information.”
A pair of tennis shoes, a cellphone and a towel were found next to the pool and put in a bag, KPIX 5 reported.
Students were placed on a temporary lockdown but will be released from school at the regular dismissal time, police said.
The high school was placed on a temporary lockdown, which was implemented as a precaution when the medical emergency happened.
Danville police are investigating the death, which they said was a drowning.
Psychologists, school counselors and a school district support team will be available Wednesday for any students who need help dealing with the grief over the death, Krolikowski said.
“If your child needs help dealing with her or his grief, please ask them to reach out to the support available at school,” Krolikowski said.
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