RUSKIN - Counselors will be on hand Thursday at Cypress Creek Elementary School in Ruskin to help students and teachers cope with the sudden loss of a young classmate.
Six-year-old Jose Pinto-Rosa complained about feeling sick around the lunch hour on Wednesday. A school worker brought the boy down to the nurses office where he collapsed.
Investigators say the school immediately called 9-1-1, and medics rushed the boy to the hospital but he later died.
"All indications are that the child was healthy, was very happy when he came into school this morning, and in just a very quick onset, he became very sick and went downhill very fast," said Larry McKinnon, Spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say there was some type of medical observation that might explain the boy's sudden death, but that has not yet been released. There are no signs of foul play.
School officials are not aware of any pre-existing medical conditions that the boy had.
"There's no indication that there is anything illness wise where other children might be concerned," said Steve Hegarty with the Hillsborough County School District. "Until the medical examiner does their job we are still going to have some unanswered questions. We don't know what happened exactly."
The Principal of Cypress Creek Elementary notified parents of the unfortunate death through an e-mail and a robocall late Wednesday afternoon.
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