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School Slammed For Lack Of Transparency After Student Dies From Unknown Causes

An unnamed sixth-grade student had died at a Florida High School after school officials dismissed claims that the student was carrying a highly contagious disease. The male student, who remains unnamed at this stage, reportedly paid a visit to a campus health clinic in the hours before his death. According to News6, the young boy was attending Ocala’s Horizon Academy in Marion Oaks.

News of the incident reached News6 when an unidentified public relations official informed the media outlet that the boy had died shortly after being transferred to a secondary hospital. News6 reported that the young student immediately visited the health clinic when he stepped off the bus. Not long after being seen to, the boy was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the local hospital. From there, the unnamed student’s condition worsened and he was transported to another hospital for specialist treatment.

Sometime afterwards, the boy was pronounced dead. Further details about the nature of his illness are not forthcoming at this point in time. Nevertheless, in a statement to parents, school public health officials released a statement for parents, urging them to be mindful of their children’s health and watch for “stiff neck, confusion, fever, nausea or headaches.”

To further aggravate community fears of a contagion, the school bus that the sick student rode one has been removed from service and is due for an industrial-grade clean. “I’m very shocked. Very worried,” said Kristina Tirado, a parent at Horizon Academy, told News6. “Definitely keep an eye out for the symptoms that are now being let known to parents. Definitely communicate with your kids. If they’re not feeling good, don’t take it lightly. It sounds exactly like symptoms of meningitis.”

Kevin Christian, a public relations officer for the school district, has attempted to assuage the public’s fears, telling local media outlets that there is no danger of a mass outbreak and reassuring people that health precautions have already been taken. Horizon Academy and several surrounding schools are currently undergoing non-denomination-level cleaning. “Based on what we’re told by the health department, those parents [of students who had close contact with the boy] don’t need to be greatly concerned", said Christian during an interview with News6.

Unsurprisingly, online commenters are suspicious of the lack of transparency from school officials. “My God! If it was meningitis, tell us and the parents of the kids exposed? Why the secrecy? The infection cause was known within hours of the kids presentation to the hospital,” commented ‘hewdoc’ on Fox.

Several other online commenters also theorized that the student may have died from meningitis. “My guess is that it is meningitis. I survived bacterial spinal meningitis mainly because a nurse at the college clinic forced me to go to the hospital and have a spinal tap. If I were the parents of kids who had contact with the child who died, I would take my kids to the Doctor as a precaution,” wrote ‘historygal58.

Others are simply wary of the secrecy from public health officials. “My question is why won't they release the nature of the illness? That is utter stupidity!” declared ‘juniebelle’.

Source: Fox News
Photo: YouTube, News 6

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