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Baltimore 7th-grader dies during class field trip in Cecil County

Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School student dies after 'significant medical event'
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Posted at 7:51 PM, Jun 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-05 14:45:10-04

BALTIMORE — Athumani Brown, a seventh-grade student from Baltimore City Public Schools, died while on a class field trip to NorthBay Adventure Camp in Cecil County.

Baltimore City Schools said Brown attended Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School.

District officials said the child died of a "significant medical event" on Wednesday.

There were students from two other schools at the camp.

Baltimore City Schools sent an open letter to the City Schools Community:

This past week, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School and the entire Baltimore City Public Schools community suffered a devastating loss. Athumani Brown, a seventh-grade student, passed away tragically after a significant medical event during a field trip. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the school community as we mourn and process the loss of a son, a student and a young member of our community.

Since the tragedy, City Schools has been in frequent communication with NorthBay Adventure Camp. NorthBay will conduct a full investigation of this incident and provide its findings to City Schools. North Bay has also committed to conduct an independent review of its emergency protocols to support student safety in any future outdoor education programs.

We thank you for your support of Athumani’s family and Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School during this moment. Through the power of our community, we will honor his memory through our efforts.

Baltimore City Schools sent WMAR-2 News this statement:

"A 7th-grade student at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School passed away following a significant medical event during a field trip at NorthBay Adventure Camp. Students at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School and the Middle Alternative Program were also present at the camp but were reportedly not nearby when the medical event occurred.

"City Schools assigned counselors and social workers to Baltimore Montessori to support students and staff individually and in groups. The situation is difficult, and we are committed to providing the care our community will need."
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NorthBay Executive Director Neil Dampier released this statement:

"NorthBay is deeply saddened by the death of a student from Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School yesterday who experienced a medical emergency during a field trip to NorthBay.

"We are currently awaiting reports to determine what occurred and how best to support the family and our staff during this difficult time.

"This is a very challenging situation, and we are committed to providing the support and care they need. Please keep the family of the student in your thoughts and prayers."