UPDATE: In response to the reported drowning of a student at the Burlington County Special Services School District Friday afternoon, Superintendent Donald Lucas and the board of education issued the following statement:
"The Burlington County Special Services School District is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our student, his family and the entire school community. At times like these, we need to offer support and comfort to each other. We will provide grief counseling for anyone in the Special Services family who may need to speak to a counselor."
A 17-year-old male student drowned at the Burlington County Special Services School District in Westampton Friday afternoon, according to authorities.
According to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, the drowning occurred during an aquatics class. The investigation thus far has preliminarily determined the drowning was accidental but the investigation is ongoing. A 911 call was placed from the school just before 1 p.m. to alert emergency officials to respond to the school.
The prosecutor’s office and the Westampton Township Police Department are investigating.
Authorities did not immediately release the name of the student.
Stay with Patch for more information on this developing story as it becomes available.