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An Elite Scholars Academy student died Tuesday evening after reportedly collapsing in the school's parking lot.

JONESBORO — A student from Elite Scholars Academy died Tuesday evening.

“We are very saddened by the loss of one of our students. The school district is here to support the family of the student and all school staff and student body,” said Clayton County schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley.

Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services Battalion Chief Laura Richardson said CCFES personnel responded to a cardiac arrest call at 5:52 p.m. for a 16-year-old female inside the school Tuesday evening. 

"Our firefighters found her unresponsive and began treatment," Richardson said. "During transport to (Southern Regional Medical Center) the patient became pulseless and stopped breathing."

Firefighters began CPR and began Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 

"The patient did regain a pulse during transport, but unfortunately she did pass away," Richardson said. 

District officials said grief counselors are available to support the family as needed and a crisis team has been assigned at the school to provide support to students and any family members of staff or adults in the coming days.

Officials said “our team is working diligently to determine more details relative to this matter.”

"We are so sorry for her family's loss and the pain each one of her classmates are feeling," Richardson said. 

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