St. Paul Central student dies after 'serious medical emergency'

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A St. Paul Central High School student who "experienced a serious medical emergency" at school Monday afternoon has died.

In a letter to families Wednesday, Principal Mary Mackbee called Fischer Anderson's death a "devastating loss," adding "our hearts go out to the family."

Anderson's family expressed gratitude for the support they've gotten from the Central community, the letter says, and also wanted to share that "Fischer has been dealing with depression for some time."

However, officials have not said what led to the medical emergency.

An estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12-17 in the United States had at least "one major depressive episode" in the past year – that's about 11.4 percent of the teenage population in the U.S., the National Institute of Mental Health says.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression there are several groups in Minnesota that can help. Click here for a list of support groups or you can call the crisis lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Anderson is an organ donor "and will be giving the gift of life so that others may life," the letter adds.

Support offered for students

Counselors and a crisis support team have been at the school since Monday's incident. Anyone who is having a particularly difficult time with Anderson's death can call the school for support at 651-744-4900.

"Each of us will react to Fischer’s passing in our own way. When a child dies, young people may be filled with sadness, fear and anger," the letter says.

About 30 students had taken advantage of the available counselors Tuesday morning, Jerry Skelly, of St. Paul Public Schools, told BringMeTheNews Tuesday.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard told the Star Tribune Monday the fire department responded to the high school around 1:15 p.m. and found someone in cardiac arrest.

Anderson was taken to the hospital, a letter home to families that day said, and the school canceled after-school activities, the Pioneer Press says.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

School sports records show Anderson was a sophomore and played soccer. One of his teams is asking people to keep Anderson and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

Students and the community have shared their condolences on social media.

https://twitter.com/amohamud010/status/687488836289572864

https://twitter.com/sppsBobcats/status/687464095574929408

https://twitter.com/lolmayah/status/687465336011157504

Next Up

MasklessJudgesinWiscoyTownship

At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said

paisley park

Paisley Park to open pop-up shop at Mall of America

The new store is set to open on Black Friday.

blue-and-white-sorry-we-re-closed-wooden-signage-1171386

COVID-19: Here's what Gov. Walz, Republicans are proposing to help businesses

Once they come to an agreement, Walz will call a special session to pass the legislation.

Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey planning to run for reelection

Frey said in a radio interview that 2020 has been a "horrible" year.

Monello

Monello, P.S. Steak will switch to sandwiches, noodles during shutdown

The Minneapolis eateries are pivoting during the closure of dine-in service.

skiing

MN ski areas will be open – but with changes – during 4-week shutdown

Some ski areas have already reopened for the season, others plan to open Thanksgiving weekend.

thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving foods to avoid giving to pets

The Animal Humane Society has shared its advice on keeping pets safe this Thanksgiving.

best buy

Best Buy reports massive rise in online, in-store sales

People turned to Best Buy to buy computers, home theater and appliances during the pandemic.

police tape, crime scene

Driver dies after being shot, crashing into cars in Minneapolis

The incident happened around 1:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Related