The superintendent of Chilton County Schools says a seventh grader died Monday from a brain aneurysm, not as a result of a beating.
The child was a seventh grade student at Jemison Middle School.
Superintendent Dave Hayden strongly denied online rumors of the child being beaten by bullies in a school bathroom on Friday. Hayden says there was no assault, and the child's death did not stem from any incident at the school.
Hayden says Jemison Police are investigating the situation, due to the volume of rumors.
Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said a thorough death investigation has been conducted. "We are very confident that no foul play was involved while at school or at the child's home that contributed to his death," Fulmer wrote in a press release. "There is no evidence at this time that would lead us to believe that htisd eath was caused by anything other than natural causes."
Fulmer said the investigation included contact with medical personnel at Children's Hospital who treated the child, the Department of Forensic Sciences, the Chilton County Coroner's Office, the district attorney's office, family members, as well as adults and students who had contact with the child during school hours Friday.
"Based on the facts we have found no evidence that any type of physical altercation occurred that would have been a contributing factor to his death," Fulmer said.
"This is a very tragic loss for this family and we offer our
condolences to them," he continued. "The family has
heard many rumors about their child since this terrible incident, and those
rumors are simply not true. We would ask
that the family be respected as they mourn and deal with this tragic loss."
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