A 17-year-old Ohio girl died after collapsing on a football field during homecoming festivities at her high school on Friday, according to the Mapleton Local School District.
Breanne McKean, a senior at Mapleton High School, collapsed on the field soon after being announced as a contender for homecoming queen, Superintendent Scott Smith said.
The school district said McKean suffered a medical emergency.
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“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the McKean family, friends and the Mapleton community,” the district said in a statement posted to Facebook.
It’s not clear what kind of medical emergency she suffered.
The football game was suspended at halftime and the homecoming dance scheduled for Saturday, when a queen would have been selected, was canceled.
All athletic events for Mapleton High School were also canceled through Wednesday.
Breanne McKean, 17, died moments after she was announced as a homecoming queen candidate Credit: Facebook
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McKean was described as “funny, caring, and always full of life”.
“To know Bre was to love Bre. She always made you feel included and had such a positive and vibrant personality,” the school district said.
McKean was a student athlete who played volleyball, basketball and softball, according to Mapleton High School principal Corey Kline.
“Bre McKean was the type of student who lived life out loud,” Kline said.
“She was a wonderful student who had a zest for school spirit and her fellow students.
“Her personality and smile would light up any room and she was instantly the life of the room.”
A memorial scholarship was set up in honour of McKean. The school district also created a fundraiser to help support McKean’s family.
Grief counsellors were available for students and staff at the high school on Monday.
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