Student dies after collapsing during gym class at NJ school

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A 14-year-old boy died Tuesday after he became unresponsive during gym class at a New Jersey high school, according to police and school officials.

The teenager became unconscious at about 9:10 a.m. on the field of Franklin High School, officials said. It happened during a physical education class.

Staff immediately began CPR on the boy and 911 was called, the school said.

An ambulance responded and transported him to the hospital, according to officials.

The 14-year-old freshman has not yet been identified and his cause of death has not been shared.

The athletic field at Franklin High School in New Jersey. On May 8, 2018, a student collapsed on the field during gym class and later died. (Ayana Harry/PIX11)

The school said they learned at about 11:15 a.m. that the teen had died.

Teachers spent the day trying to console their students and all after-school activities were canceled for the day.

"We are providing counseling to our staff and students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family at this time," school officials said.

A parent told PIX11 News that the students "are close knit, like a family."

Justin Smith, a senior at the school, described the moment when their principal made the crushing announcement.

"Everybody was just really quiet," Smith said. "It was, like, very disappointing and sad and we're all just grieving right now."