DeKalb County School District student dies from the flu

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A 15-year-old Cross Keys High School student died Sunday of the flu, DeKalb County School District officials confirmed.

The student’s name is Miguel Jaimes Martinez. The death was confirmed to Cross Keys High School students and staff the morning of Feb. 12 through a note from Principal Jason Heard, WSB-TV reported.

“Good morning teachers and staff members. It is with regret that I have to inform you of the sudden passing of student Miguel Jaimes Martinez,” the note read. “The counselors are arranging class visits but if you have any students who need to be seen before the classroom visitation please do not hesitate to send them to the media center. Thank you.”

District officials said this is the first reported death of a student from the flu in DeKalb County.

“The entire DeKalb County School District is saddened by the news that one of our own has passed away due to illness,” Superintendent Stephen Green said in a statement to The Champion. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family, loved ones and peers in this unfortunate and trying time. Counselors will be made available to students and staff members at Cross Keys High School during this difficult event.”

More than 60 Georgians have died from the flu so far this season.

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