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Fargo South Student Dies After Drowning Incident

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The Fargo South High School student found unconscious in the pool last month died on Saturday, March 8. Police say 19-year-old Frederic Ndereimana died at a Fargo medical facility. 

The Fargo Public School District shared this statement: 

"South High School will offer support for the Bruin family through the school's counseling office and employee benefits program.  On Monday, teachers will be sharing information on the grieving process with students and offering support to any who are in need.  The school's thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Ndereimana family during this difficult time."

On Monday, teachers will share with students what counseling options are available. Fargo Police are still investigating.

Statement from Fargo Public Schools issued Wednesday morning:

On Tuesday, February 18 at approximately 11:00 a.m., a male student at South High School was taking part in a swimming unit in the pool for a Fit For Life physical education class, a required class.  That student was found unconscious in the pool.  Upon being removed from the pool, the class teacher administered CPR until emergency responders arrived.  He was taken to a local hospital, where he continues to receive medical attention.  

At this time, Fargo Public Schools does not have any new or updated information to release on the incident.  FPS continues to work with the Fargo Police Department in their investigation of the incident.  Respecting the request of the family for privacy, the school will not be releasing the name of the student.

Support for students and staff is being offered through the school's counseling office and employee benefits program.   If and when new information is available, it will be released to all media outlets.


Students at Fargo South say most of them were notified of the incident in which one student nearly drowned Tuesday morning when administration made an intercom announcement. The Fargo Public School district says counselors are on hand to help anyone who is feeling upset over the scary situation.

"Our counselors are experts at working with our students. Obviously there is staff involved too, so we're making sure that we're paying attention to where people are struggling," Superintendent Jeff Schatz said at a press conference.

Fargo Police are now conducting a private investigation into what lead to the student's struggle in the pool. Officers say there are no updates yet on the student's condition, but that's not necessarily bad news. Officers say, often times, hospitals will not provide updates on conditions unless a turn for the worst has been made.

Meanwhile, the gravity of this situation is reaching the parenting community with a lesson on hand. One mother says she picked her daughter up from the very same class and says, "my opinion is that the teachers did their jobs and saved a child's life. I am thankful it was not my child and I believe all high school should offer CPR and first aid classes for all students and teachers."


Fargo Public Schools has addressed an incident that happened at the South High School pool Tuesday morning. Superintendent Jeff Schatz says a male student was taken away by ambulance after an incident during a swimming class. Schatz says two teachers were in the pool at the time of the incident.

By the time the student was found he was no longer swimming, but school officials say he was not found at the bottom of the pool. Superintendent Schatz said the student was in the deeper end of the pool and his condition is "serious."

School officials said there is no indication of horse play leading up to the incident. When Valley News Live arrived on scene this morning, emergency crews were actively performing CPR on the male student as he was being taken into the ambulance. Parents have been notified and they are currently with the student at a local hospital.


Dispatchers confirm with Valley News Live that an ambulance was sent to Fargo South High School Tuesday morning on a report of an incident at the school's pool.

School leaders have confirmed the incident involves a student. The Valley News Live crew that responded to the 911 call saw the ambulance crew performing CPR on the student as they were being taken out of the school and into the ambulance. The ambulance left the scene with lights and sirens on.

Superintendent of Fargo Schools, Jeff Schatz, arrived to the scene shortly after the incident. The school district will be holding a 2:00 p.m. new conference. Stick with Valley News Live for details on this developing story.

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