7-Year-Old Boy Dies In the Classroom, School Nurse Was Off Duty

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Seven year old boy died in the classroom at Andrew Jackson Elementary school.


Reported by Dr. Sinclair Grey III

There are no words that can express the pain, shock, and disbelief over what happened to a 7-year-old student at a South Philadelphia elementary school.

On Wednesday, May 21, a boy became ill in the classroom and there was no school nurse on duty. That’s right; you read it correctly. A little boy became ill in class and there was no one around to care for him. The school is Andrew Jackson Elementary.

A spokesperson for the School District of Philadelphia said that a school nurse is present every Thursday and every other Friday. The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he was pronounced dead.

A statement released by Jerry Jordan, President of The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said:

            “On behalf of every member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, I extend my deepest condolences to the family whose child was tragically and suddenly taken away from them today, and to the staff and community at Jackson Elementary, who are no doubt reeling from the loss of their student, classmate and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Preliminary reports say that the boy became ill around 2pm and that the staff provided the boy with CPR. Even though they were able to quickly get medical services to arrive at the school, there’s no telling whether having the school nurse present would have prevented this untimely death. 

It is still not certain if the child had any pre-existing conditions.

The school will have counselors on hand, if teachers, administrators, or students need to talk. Because of the child’s age, his name hasn’t been released to the media.

Without a doubt, a family is left to mourn the loss of their son. There are so many questions that will be raised in the matter and answers will need to be given. Let’s keep the family and friends of this young 7-year-old boy in our prayers.


Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: