A student at Ramona High School in northeast San Diego County died Wednesday hours after being hit in the chest with a ball, officials said.
The 16-year-old sophomore was playing over-the-line, a softball-like sport, during a P.E. class when he was struck by a line drive. He later collapsed and was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.
Principal Tony Newman said that counselors Thursday will be prepared to help students cope with the trauma of losing a classmate. The ball, Newman said, is even softer than a normal softball.
“He was very well-liked,” Newman said. “This is going to have a big impact on our school and the community. He was just a great kid.”
The boy died on his 16th birthday.