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Fargo high school student found unconscious in pool during gym class

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

FARGO, N.D. – A Fargo high school student remained hospitalized Wednesday after being pulled unconscious from a school pool on Tuesday.

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The Fargo School District did not release the name of the male student who was found unconscious in the South High School pool about 11 a.m. Tuesday while taking part in a Fit For Life physical education class, district officials said.

After he was pulled from the pool, the class teacher administered CPR until an emergency response crew arrived, according to the news release from district spokeswoman AnnMarie Campbell.

The district is still working with the police department on the investigation of the incident.

Support for students and staff at South High is being offered through the counseling office and employee benefits program, officials said.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Jeff Schatz characterized the student’s condition as “serious.”

He said students and instructors had noticed the student was “struggling” in the deeper end of the pool during the class, Schatz said.

He was not swimming when he was rescued.

While the school district describes the student’s condition as serious, an official said that classification is not based on medical determination.

Schatz said there will be more investigation of the incident, but so far it seems like class activities were very routine.

“This is a very normal unit,” he said.

Schatz said there were no indications of horseplay with other students. He said he did not know whether the student was classified as one of the strong swimmers in the class. The district was not aware of any physical concerns regarding the student before the incident.

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