Atlanta eighth-grader stricken in class, dies

An eighth-grade Atlanta student became sick during a class Wednesday and died after being rushed to the hospital.

Melvin Bussey, the boy who died, attended Bunche Middle School in northwest Atlanta.

Superintendent Erroll Davis said in a statement Thursday that when he became ill, emergency responders and the family were contacted immediately.

“This is a difficult day for the Atlanta Public Schools family. We are extremely saddened by the loss,” Davis said. “We will keep the family in our thoughts.”

Grief counselors were brought to the school Thursday.

No other details surrounding Bussey’s death were provided by Atlanta Public Schools.

Atlanta police don’t believe foul play was involved, and there’s no criminal investigation into the death, said Sgt. Gregory Lyon. An officer was dispatched to the school and followed up after the student was taken to the hospital.

APS spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green wouldn’t say whether there would be an investigation by the school system, and she said no more information would be released Thursday.

“We’re trying to let the students and family grieve,” she said.

By Mark Niesse
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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