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

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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.

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