A second grade student at Eastwood Heights Elementary school collapsed during school hours on Tuesday has died.
The student has been identified though multiple social media accounts as 8-year-old Vicente Alonso Aranda Jr. Friends and family called him ‘Junior.’
Aranda was on the playground during lunchtime Tuesday with classmates when he suddenly collapsed, hit his head and struggled to breathe. Witnesses say the school nurse performed CPR and the child was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Wednesday morning, YISD officials including associate superintendent Pat O’Neill, were on campus to announce Aranda’s death to students.
School officials sent a notice home with students on Wednesday that stated
“It is with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you of the passing of one of our beloved students. Yesterday, as the student joined in at recess, he collapsed in the playground. He was immediately attended to, and staff called 911. The student was transported to a nearby hospital where he later passed away. We have extended our deepest condolences to the family, our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with them during this tragic time.”
Eastwood Heights Principal Raul Mendoza also noted that events for the remainder of the week including the Dual Language Program scheduled for Wednesday night and the school’s Field Day on Friday have been postponed.
Parents were also given pamphlets on how to deal with speaking to their children about the loss of a friend and classmates. Wednesday, students participated in art projects including a remembrance tree in the school’s cafeteria.
Parents we spoke to were shocked to hear about the situation and left wondering how they would explain it to their children.
“It’s a very hard thing to do as a parent. You never expect to have to ask or tell them what happened to their friend or what happened to a child let alone going to school,” Eric Dubrule said while bringing his two young daughters to school.
Brieanna Sanchez was bringing lunch to her younger brother Wednesday to try and comfort him through the situation.
“I don’t even know how to begin I don’t even know what I would tell him,” Brienna Sanchez said.