On Tuesday a popular 12 year-old Westview Middle School student, Pateesha Clinch, died from what appears to be a head injury due to an accidental fall. Witnesses claim that two boys were horse-playing during a change in classes and clipped Pateesha resulting in her hitting her head against a portable classroom building. She was rushed to a hospital but died. Grief counselors were provided for students.
Many of the comments on the Miami Herald website point the blame for this child's death on lack of supervision by teacher or insufficient security staff. Others assert that teachers are not hall monitors. It's unfortunate that a child's death would lead to such discussion. A family is grieving and folks who were not on the scene choose to make such statements.
Surely the other children who saw her body trembling and her eyes roll in the back of her head, will never forget the incident. Children should not have to witness such things but it happened and cannot be reversed. Let's pray for the Clinch family and all of the children affected by this tragedy.