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Oct 14, 2013 7:00 PM

CCISD Reviewing Doctor's Recommendations After Student's Death

CORPUS CHRISTI - During their board meeting this afternoon, the Corpus Christi ISD school board reviewed the findings of an independent investigation into the death of Cameron Espinosa.

The 13-year-old Haas Middle School football player was bitten by ants during a game an the school's athletic fields back on September 11th.

Espinosa died several days later as a result of a severe allergic reaction to the bites. Neither his mother nor the school was aware of his allergy.

In the wake of his death, CCISD moved all the middle school football games to Cabaniss field until next month. The district now has medics equipped medications to treat allergic reactions on hand at all of the middle school games.

The third party investigators were brought in to review the events leading up to the boy's death and school district policies.

There are five recommendations that Dr. Curtis Culwell made and the school district is planning to follow up on each of them.

The first recommendation is to centralize middle school games. The district plans to have those games at Buc Stadium, Cabaniss Field, multi-purpose fields and high school fields.

The second recommendation is to have annual physical exams and provide more medical training to coaching staff. Also for staff to review student medical records each year.

The 3rd recommendation is to adjust crisis response procedures since the CCISD police officer and assistant principal did not know about the emergency until they saw the fire truck on the field.

The 4th recommendation is for more consistent inspections of the playing fields. It's also suggested that the district train campus personnel to do daily sight inspections.

The last recommendation is to look into keeping undesignated Epi-Pens for use for students without a prescription.

The district does plan to follow all recommendations. They will also keep EMS staff on site for all games for the rest of this season. A plan is not in place for next year.

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