A 15-year-old student at Whiteland Community High School in Whiteland, Indiana, died in a drowning accident during a physical education class this past week. The family of the deceased high school student has been identified by her family as Alaina Dildine. A number of significant questions remain outstanding in regard to the circumstances surrounding the Whiteland, Indiana swimming pool drowning accident.
Limited Preliminary Information Available About Whiteland Community High School Drowning Accident
Preliminary reports from the school district and other officials have been sketchy and a bit confusing thus far. The Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation eventually did release a statement regarding the death of the student in the Whiteland Community High School swimming pool.
According to an initial statement from the school district:
Despite the efforts of our staff and emergency responders, the student has passed away. The specific cause and circumstances surrounding this tragedy are not yet known, and a thorough investigation will take place.
In the aftermath of the swimming pool drowning accident, district officials sent an email to parents of all students in the district:
It is with great sadness that we inform you that a Whiteland Community High School student has passed away following a medical emergency at the high school this morning. At this time school and emergency officials are trying to determine exactly what happened. We will provide an update as soon as possible.
Eventually, the school district did confirm some other essential facts about the high school student drowning accident. Officials with the school district held something of an impromptu press conference. The district superintendent verified that:
- The student who lost her life in the Whiteland Community High School pool was swimming laps as part of her PE class at the time of the fatal drowning accident.
- The PE class instructor was on the pool deck at the time of the accident.
- Additionally, a lifeguard was also on the pool deck during the PE class and at the specific time of the accident.
- The 15-year-old girl evidently went under the water at 11:45 a.m. on the day of the drowning accident.
- The school district has declined (or refused) to answer any additional questions about the fatal incident, including how long the girl was underwater before anyone noticed she was drowning or had drowned.
Investigation Into the Whiteland Student Drowning Accident Underway
Both the Clark-Pleasant School Corporation, the local school district, together with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, are investigating the Whiteland Community High School deadly drowning accident. No timeframe has been provided by either the school district or the Sheriff’s Office in regard to the investigation itself. No timeframe has been given as to when more information may be forthcoming regarding the student’s death in the high school swimming pool.
Johnson County Coroner Michael Pruitt has indicated that his own report regarding the cause of death will not be available immediately. Pruitt advised the press and the public that his report confirming the cause of death likely would not be available for about three weeks.
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