Clay County girl dies after collapsing at school

There are 19 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from May 2, 2009, titled Clay County girl dies after collapsing at school. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

HAYESVILLE Family and friends are mourning the death of an eighth-grade girl who died after she collapsed in gym class at Hayesville Middle School.

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“Thank You Veterans!”

Since: Mar 07

Texas & WNC

#1 May 3, 2009
God must have needed another angel. I hope the family remembers all the good times they had with her.
PeeAre549

AOL

#2 May 3, 2009
My prayers and thoughts go out to this family

Since: May 09

Mountains of WNC

#3 May 3, 2009
My thoughts and prayers to the girl's family and friends as well. Sounds like she lived her life fully.

Since: Mar 09

Elizabethton, TN

#4 May 3, 2009
How very sad. That breaks my heart. My condolences to the family. I'm sure she was a precious child.

Since: Apr 09

Hendersonville, NC

#5 May 3, 2009
Rachael always had a sparkle in her eyes. She lived life to its fullest everyday. I was lucky to have known her. She always put a smile on my face.
Local

Asheville, NC

#6 May 4, 2009
Since the original thread and posts were removed, I am asking again- what were her exact medical restrictions and how were they implemented? How hot and humid was it that day and did the instructor take that into conideration?

“Thank You Veterans!”

Since: Mar 07

Texas & WNC

#7 May 4, 2009
Local wrote:
Since the original thread and posts were removed, I am asking again- what were her exact medical restrictions and how were they implemented? How hot and humid was it that day and did the instructor take that into conideration?
That poor baby had medical conditions, and most likely, by reading the article, did NOT want to be "held back" by medical restrictions. At least be kind enough to hold all of your 'speculations' to yourself, and let the family grieve without this being brought up. I am sure, that if what you state is the case, they are beating theirselves up enough.

Any case, do you feel great joy in being the first one on this topic to bring these thoughts to light???

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Miss Racheal's family.
What

Boone, NC

#8 May 4, 2009
Local wrote:
Since the original thread and posts were removed
Not true.

“Report and Deport1866-DHS-2 ICE”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#9 May 4, 2009
Local wrote:
Since the original thread and posts were removed, I am asking again- what were her exact medical restrictions and how were they implemented? How hot and humid was it that day and did the instructor take that into conideration?
Are you a lawyer?
What does it matter now.
My prayers are with the family of this young lady.
Local

Asheville, NC

#10 May 4, 2009
Mtnbred wrote:
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Are you a lawyer?
What does it matter now.
My prayers are with the family of this young lady.
It matters becfause there are dozens (hundreds) of OTHER children in our government school system that have health problems that are exacerbated with trenuous exercise during periods of high heat and humidity.

I do not believe our PE teachers are trained to determine how far to 'push' these chilrdren, yet they do it every day and often the children will not speak up because they don't want to be 'different'.

The fault lies with the system- not the parents nor the children.

I am sad for this family and all the others that have children with medical conditions and they have to send them to government schools.

I can speak with authority on this subject. I have witnessed children pushed too far more than once.

I even knew a teacher once who MADE her young students play hard at recess in the heat for nearly an hour (no shade) and would limit them to 10 seconds at the water fountain!

I am not a lawyer (but I wouldn't blame the parents if they got one), and I certainly cannot understand why the article was even in the newspaper. It gives absolutely no details about the events surrounding this tragedy.

“Call it like I see it!!”

Since: Jul 08

Haywood County

#11 May 4, 2009
Local wrote:
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It matters becfause there are dozens (hundreds) of OTHER children in our government school system that have health problems that are exacerbated with trenuous exercise during periods of high heat and humidity.
I do not believe our PE teachers are trained to determine how far to 'push' these chilrdren, yet they do it every day and often the children will not speak up because they don't want to be 'different'.
The fault lies with the system- not the parents nor the children.
I am sad for this family and all the others that have children with medical conditions and they have to send them to government schools.
I can speak with authority on this subject. I have witnessed children pushed too far more than once.
I even knew a teacher once who MADE her young students play hard at recess in the heat for nearly an hour (no shade) and would limit them to 10 seconds at the water fountain!
I am not a lawyer (but I wouldn't blame the parents if they got one), and I certainly cannot understand why the article was even in the newspaper. It gives absolutely no details about the events surrounding this tragedy.
Local is there anything that you haven't witnessed?? You seem to be an expert on every thread that you post on. Did you ever think that maybe it was just her time to leave this earth?? You have to always lay blame on someone. You are the most negative person! God let the family greive without you laying blame on the school system and the teachers. Just because you have "witnessed" something doesn't mean it is happening in all the schools or in any schools for that matter.
Its Like This

United States

#12 May 4, 2009
Local, obviously you did not read the article that plainly said the young collapsed at the BEGINNING of class, her first class of the day.

I am sure that the school knew of her medical conditions and knew what she could and could not do, as did this young lady. I'm guessing no one was at fault, it was just her time to go home.

It is wonderful reading all the beautiful remarks about this young lady.

My deepest sympathy to the family. Celebrate her life and her memory because it seems she wouldn't want you crying over her, rather smiling.

And Local none of the circumstances or particulars are any of your business and how cruel and insensitive of you to ask and how arrogant of you to think you had the right to ask.

Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#13 May 4, 2009
Sincere sympathy to this precious child's family. Speculation as to why, how, who, are counter-productive at this point. Let her family and friends grieve in peace, and rejoice in the wonderful memories of the time they had with her.

Since: Apr 09

Hendersonville, NC

#14 May 4, 2009
Wiley Coyote wrote:
Sincere sympathy to this precious child's family. Speculation as to why, how, who, are counter-productive at this point. Let her family and friends grieve in peace, and rejoice in the wonderful memories of the time they had with her.
Hi Wiley,
Thank you for your kind comment. I have had a hard week. She was a very special child to me. I will cease being a "Troll" to you.

Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#15 May 4, 2009
peachcat lvr wrote:
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Hi Wiley,
Thank you for your kind comment. I have had a hard week. She was a very special child to me. I will cease being a "Troll" to you.
My sympathy to you, as well. It is so difficult to lose a special friend, especially a child. Take care.

Since: Apr 09

Hendersonville, NC

#16 May 4, 2009
Wiley Coyote wrote:
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My sympathy to you, as well. It is so difficult to lose a special friend, especially a child. Take care.
Hi Wiley,
Thank you for understanding.
Local

Asheville, NC

#17 May 5, 2009
Mean Spirit wrote:
<quoted text>Local is there anything that you haven't witnessed?? You seem to be an expert on every thread that you post on. Did you ever think that maybe it was just her time to leave this earth??...
I am not an expert on everything. I do not post on every topic.

I am sorry for the loss of this wonderful child.

And I am sorry for the loss of ALL children. Heaven will have such a beautiful choir!

“Thank You Veterans!”

Since: Mar 07

Texas & WNC

#18 May 5, 2009
Local wrote:
<quoted text>
I am not an expert on everything. I do not post on every topic.
I am sorry for the loss of this wonderful child.
And I am sorry for the loss of ALL children. Heaven will have such a beautiful choir!
Very nice post.
hayley chastain

Robbinsville, NC

#19 Jul 22, 2013
she was my cousin we were very good friends I was only 7 when she died. her mom called my mamaw that day. I was at her house we got a hone call and she said oh how sad and I said what was it after she got off the phone and she said rachels friend died. when I got home my mom told me that she had died. I got so mad at my mamaw for not telling me. I miss her a lot!!!!!

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