The boy, identified as a Saranac Community Schools 7th grader Skylar Lasby, collapsed Wednesday during a non-contact drill and was flown to a hospital. Both school and hospital officials say Lasby died hours later.
A cause of death was not immediately available.
Schools Supt. Jason Smith tells The Grand Rapids Press that “our students are struggling.” A Facebook page for Saranac JV/Varsity Football says away games at Beal City will be played as scheduled Thursday night because “#2 wouldn’t have it any other way” — referring to Skylar’s uniform number.
District officials say counseling and other resources are available for staff and students as needed.