Student Drowns On School Trip

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities say a fifth-grade student from the Saginaw School District who was on a field trip has died in an apparent drowning at a hotel pool in Mackinaw City.

Police say the child was pronounced dead Tuesday night at a hospital in St. Ignace.

District spokeswoman Safiya Mosley says the boy was with a group of about 45 students visiting Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island. She says the trip was chaperoned by district staff, teachers and volunteers.

Mosley says grief counseling was to be provided at Zilwaukee International Studies School, where the student attended.

Saginaw is located about 85 miles northwest of Detroit and 170 miles southeast of Mackinaw City.

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  • by Kim Smith Location: Saginaw on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    A. Mother, whoever you may be, you obviously knew that you posted some BS because you could not even put your real name. First of all, if you cannot watch children every second then you should not place them into such a dangerous situation. There were plenty of other things the kids could have done. Second of all some kids are sneaky by nature but not Jaylyn. That is my nephew and he is very shy. He would not test his limits because he knew his limits. He is not a fool. This was not just some freak accident. We take out kids swimming all the time and some or all of the parents get INSIDE the pool with them and some stayed out so that we had good coverage. There was no one watching him!! Period. And when and if this happens to your child or your nephew we will see what you have to say then.You can noway, shape or form say that this way Jay'lyn's fault.He was a sweet, innocent, loving little boy. He ws shy even around his own familY!Jay'lyn would have never tested his limits that far. F U
  • by A. Mother on Jun 3, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    Michell, This is a horrible tragedy. But, no one can watch children every second. They are sneaky by nature. Especially at this age. Testing their limits is normal. I am so sorry for the family and for the people who were chaperoning the trip. They will have to live with the guilt forever.
  • by michell on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    Nobody was keeping a close eye on the student or this would never happen!
  • by Kathie Location: Lansing on Jun 3, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    What a tragic accident. My twins took a three day trip last year to Mackinac and many surrounding U.P. locations as part of their 4th grade curriculum. Many students were upset because we did not let anyone swim at any of the three hotels we stayed at. It is such a huge responsibility for anyone to watch a large group of children, even if your very experienced. I'm very sorry to hear of this families loss.
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