UPDATED: Student Drowns in Manchester High Pool

A 14-year old freshman male drowned in the Manchester High School pool Wednesday morning.

[Updated 6:30 p.m.]

The student has been identified as ninth-grader Malvrick Donkor.

"I would ask that you join me in praying for this student and his family during this very difficult time for our school community," said Manchester High School Principal Matthew Geary in a statement, who added that school staff "will be available at the high school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please use the main entrance on the Middle Turnpike side of the building."

"If individuals require more immediate assistance, the school system will have a licensed Professional Counselor on call. His name is Raymond Hansen, M.S., LPC and his phone number is 860.916.1170. This is his confidential voice mail number, and he will return all calls made to that number. Anyone seeking support is also encouraged to call the emergency mobile crisis line by dialing 2-1-1."

A vigil is also tentatively scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m.


[Updated, 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21]

The 14-year old unidentified male student who was pulled from the Manchester High School pool Wednesday morning has died, according to a statement released by Manchester Public Schools. 

The student's name has not been released. 

The statement is printed below in its entirety: 

"It is with great sorrow that we are announcing that this morning, a 14 year old male student at Manchester High School was found in the swimming pool unresponsive and later pronounced dead at Manchester Memorial Hospital. The school community is being informed through the Superintendent’s office about counseling services and support available to them.  An investigation into the tragedy is underway and no further information including the student’s identity is being released at this time."

Original Story

A 14-year old male student was pulled from the swimming pool at Manchester High School Wednesday morning and rushed to Manchester Memorial Hospital, according to police, where his conditioned remained unknown. 

According to Manchester Police Cpt. Christopher Davis the unidentified student, a freshman, was taking part in a swimming class at the high school at approximately 10:20 a.m. when another student noticed the victim under water and unresponsive. 

The student was pulled from the pool and resuscitation efforts were performed. The student was then transported by ambulance to Manchester Memorial Hospital, where his condition remained unknown as of approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

Patch will continue to update this story thoughout the day as it unfolds. 

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john petterson November 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Only one teacher teaching swimming to over 25 students in a class without any help. student received no help from the teacher and teacher did not even know a student was drowned. No life guard and no assistance for the swimming class. what a shame. School officials remains not to give any information to the parents and no visit or courtesy phone call from the principal or school officials to the family.What a shame again


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