Manchester High School Student Dies After Pool Incident

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    Malvrick Donkor was learning to swim in high school pool. (Published Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012)

    A Manchester High School freshman has died after an incident during a swim class on Wednesday morning.

    The student has been identified as Malvrick Donkor, according to his family.

    "I don't want to believe he's dead," said Daniel Donkor, Malvrick's father.

    The swim teacher saw Donkor under water and called for emergency medical help.

    The fire department responded at 10:21 a.m. and found school staff and the resource officer performing CPR on Donkor.

    The boy was unconscious when he was brought to Manchester Memorial Hospital and later died, according to school officials.

    "To get drowned in the school pool?  I believe there were students there, a teacher there who might have seen that someone is drowning or something," Daniel Donkor said.

    "An investigation into the tragedy is underway and no further information including the student’s identity is being released at this time,"Interim Supt. of Schools Richard Kisiel and  Scott Shanley, general manager of the town of Manchester, said in a news release.

    The superintendent's office is reaching out to the school community about counseling and support services available.

    The school's football game against East Hartford Wednesday night has been postponed, according to East Hartford High School's website.

    This is the second fatal drowning in a high school pool in Connecticut this year.

    Marcum Asiamah, a 15-year-old freshman at East Hartford High School, died of asphyxia due to submersion in January.  He drowned during a physical education class on Jan. 11.

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