Phoenix 2nd-Grader Dies After Choking During Lunch

A north Phoenix second-grader died Friday after choking during lunch in the school cafeteria, school officials said.

Javier Lopez, a second-grade student at Paseo Hills School, became unresponsive when eating lunch in the cafeteria at about 11:10 a.m., according to Ashley Morris, a Deer Valley Unified School District spokesperson.

It appeared that Javier may have had an object obstructing his airway, she said. A teacher performed the Heimlich maneuver, and the school’s nurse assisted with CPR, Morris said.

Lopez was taken to a hospital, and school officials were told just before noon that the boy had died.

A letter from the principal to faculty and parents said a crisis-response team was at the school, near 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, on Friday and would also be available next week.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this tragic time,” Morris wrote in a statement. “The focus for Paseo Hills remains on the learning and safety of our students.”

September 16, 2014

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