Franklin High wrestler dies after injury

Published 12:23 pm Saturday, December 5, 2015

A male Franklin High School senior passed away on Thursday around 6 p.m., after suffering an injury at wrestling practice.

The student identification is being withheld pending notification to other family members.

The only medical information known at this time is that the student was at wrestling practice when he hit his head, and was then transferred to Southampton Memorial Hospital where he was soon pronounced dead, according to Capt. Tim Whitt of the Franklin Police Department.

Whitt added that the department did not have an official statement to give, as there is no crime investigation being conducted. He did, however, say that the police would like to offer their condolences to the family and to the school system.

Public Information Officer Kelvin Edwards released a statement on behalf of Franklin City Public Schools stating, “The Franklin High School family learned Thursday evening that one of the 12th-grade students died at the local hospital. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the student’s family. The student leaves behind a host of friends and classmates who will miss him dearly.

“As the Franklin High School family mourns the loss, the campus and Franklin City Public Schools are doing everything we can to provide comfort and assistance to the family and to our students and staff in this time of grief. Franklin City Public Schools has counselors available on the campus to address concerns from students and will provide continued support for students and staff needing additional assistance.”