N.J. Student Drowns During Aquatics Class

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    A 17-year-old student with special needs drowns during an afternoon aquatics class, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.

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    The boy was a student of the Burlington County Special Services School District in Westampton, NJ.

    Prosecutors say a preliminary investigation shows the drowning was accidental, but the investigation continues.

    Authorities received a 9-1-1 call to respond to the school just before 1 p.m.

    The Burlington County Special Services School is a public school attended by more than 1,000 students with special needs, according to its website. The school offers programs to help students with multiple disabilities, autism and behavioral issues.

    The teen's name isn't being released. The school released this statement:

    "The Burlington County Special Services School District is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our student, his family and the entire school community.  At times like these, we need to offer support and comfort to each other. We will provide grief counseling for anyone in the Special Services Family who may need to speak to a counselor."  


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