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Franklin High School Student Dies, Cause Unknown


SOMERSET, NJ - A 14-year-old freshman from Franklin High School died today following a physical education class, according to school officials. 

The cause of death has not been provided at this time. 

"We are providing counseling to our staff and students," Mary L. Clark, a district spokesperson said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family at this time."

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Clark provided the following account of the student death:

At approximately 9:10 am during a physical education class on the field of Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, NJ, a 14 year old male ninth grade student became unresponsive.  911 was called and the physical education staff of the high school immediately began CPR.  The Franklin Township Police Department arrived and the student was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick via ambulance.  At approximately 11:15 am, we learned that the student had passed away.  We are providing counseling to our staff and students.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family at this time. 

Contact Information:  Mary L. Clark, Coordinator of Policies, Regulations and Communications (732) 873-2400 x 206 office (848) 216-9375 cell.  Or Franklin Township Police Department - Philip Rizzo (732) 735-2578 or

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