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February 16, 2013

Boy found dead in Springfield school pool

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Springfield say a 12-year-old boy has died during a middle school swimming class, and city and school officials are promising a full investigation.

Police and school officials say the boy was found dead at about 2:30 p.m. during a regular physical education class at Kiley Middle School, about half an hour before school ended.

Police said the boy, whose name isn’t being released, was pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center.

School Superintendent Daniel Warwick told reporters at a news conference at the school that he doesn’t immediately know how many children were in the class, which was being supervised by a physical education instructor. He said swimming classes are suspended until an investigation is complete.

Warwick said “our deep-felt condolences go out to the family.”

Mayor Dominic Sarno said the tragedy has affected the entire city.

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