Indiana teen dies after found unresponsive in high school pool

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GARY, Ind. — The Lake County, Ind. Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a student who was found unresponsive in the pool at his high school.

Curtis Walton, 14, was a football player at Calumet New Tech High School in Northwest Indiana.

Witnesses say after football practice on Wednesday, the coach allowed the players into the school pool to cool off.  The teen collapsed and headed toward the bottom of the pool.

Two of Walton’s teammates and all the coaches who were supervising the players did everything they could to help Walton.  Until help arrived, two coaches did CPR and a defibrillator was used to restart the teen’s heart.

He was taken to a hospital and later airlifted to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died early Thursday morning.

School Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley tells WGN she was not aware of any health problems the teenager may have had.

Cameras that show the pool were knocked out by a storm, so they were being replaced.

Flags were lowered for a second day in a row outside the high school near Gary today.  Grief counselors from other nearby schools are on hand to help.

But it will be a while before things get somewhat back to normal at Calumet New Tech High School.

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