A Georgia high school student has died after suffering a medical emergency during a flag football game Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened at the Weber School, a private Jewish school in Sandy Springs, a suburb of Atlanta, according to WGCL-TV.
WGCL reported that the student was a senior.
According to Fox News, Sandy Springs police did not provide details, which police quoted as saying they were “working with the family and the school.”
On Thursday, the website TheSpun published the text of a note from the school to parents and students that gave the student’s name.
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WGCL said Wednesday it had stopped releasing the student’s name at the request of his family.
The student’s age was not released.
“This afternoon, during a Weber flag football game, a senior class member, Eitan Force, suffered a critical on-field medical emergency,” read the note released by TheSpun.
The note did not say whether the emergency was sustained during the competition.
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“Our trainers and staff rushed to his aid immediately before emergency medical personnel arrived. Eitan was taken to a local hospital for further care. Tragically, tonight we received news that Eitan passed away,” the note said.
“Out of respect for their privacy, Eitan’s parents request that we do not reach out or contact the family at this time,” the note said.
The note said that school was canceled on Thursday and that crisis counseling would be arranged.
“By drawing on the ethics and practices of the Jewish tradition and the long-standing traditions of the Weber School community, we are confident that all students, parents, faculty and staff will work together to support Eitan’s parents and family in the ways they need to and wish. ” it said.
“For now, sending condolences to the Force family and all of Eitan’s close friends and classmates,” the note said.
WGCL released a statement Thursday from Rabbi Ed Harwitz, principal, saying members of the school community “came together in solidarity and meaningful reflection and prayer.”
“We are deeply grateful for the expressions of love and support shared by so many in the greater Atlanta area upon hearing this tragic news. At this time, Weber’s sole concern is to care for our grieving community,” Harwitz said in the statement.
“Weber works with Jewish community mental health institutions and resources to provide teams of therapists, counselors and rabbis to support our students, faculty, staff and parents,” he said.
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