NAPLES (WGME) — A Lake Region High School senior is dead after a school camping trip in New Hampshire last weekend.
Superintendent Alan Smith said the death occurred during a senior camping trip that happens every year as a way to get the students together at the beginning of school but he said that this year, the trip ended in a tragedy.
“You never expect something like this and I pray to God that we never have it again,” Smith said.
It was around 7 p.m. on Sunday when the Carroll County Sheriff s Office in New Hampshire said they were called to Slippery Brook Trail in Chatham for a young man who was having a medical emergency.
They said Lifeflight was called but the student died at the scene. Fryeburg Rescue personnel also responded.
They took a photo at the scene saying it was a difficult call.
Smith said he found out about the student’s death early Monday morning and sent councilors to the campsite.
“Your heart sinks obviously but you immediately go into what do you need to do, how do we take care of the families, how do we take care of the kids,” he said.
Grief and trauma councilors and service dogs were at the high school Tuesday.
The staff on the trip is also being offered time off.
“You never know how this is going to affect anyone,” Smith said.
He said talking to the student’s family was the hardest part.
“Well, as you can imagine, the family is just in a really difficult place,” he said.
Officials said they’re waiting for results from the medical examiner’s office and that the investigation is ongoing.
The superintendent said a memorial service will be held at the high school.
“He was a very nice young man, very good kid,” he said.
A private meeting for the superintendent and parents was scheduled for Wednesday night.