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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A student from Rachel Freeman School of Engineering died this morning after arriving at school.

Wilmington Police Department spokesman Det. Kevin Smith said the eight-year-old girl was unresponsive when a school bus for special needs students arrived at the school after 8 a.m. Smith said the child was in a wheelchair. He said the school nurse performed CPR on the girl until EMTs arrived, took over and took her to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she died.

School district spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum says counselors are at the school to help the students and staff. She says no other information is available at this time.

Investigators have not released the name of the child as they notify and continue to investigate.

Freeman is a magnet schools with students in grades kindergarten through fifth.

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3 Comments on "Special needs student dies after arriving at school on bus"

Shannon Blizzard
2015 years 8 months ago

God comfort her family during this difficult time. RIP little one

2015 years 8 months ago

Praying that God continues to comfort the family as well as her friends and teachers at school.

2015 years 8 months ago

Awww. What a shame. God lift her up. Now she is not a special needs child. She is a special angel. Blessings to her family and friends.


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