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Durant Student Dies in Scuba Diving Accident

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Faculty and students at Durant High School, as well as members of the Durant community are mourning the death of a student.  KTEN's Kristi Branam spoke with the Superintendent of Durant schools and has the details.

Kaufman County Sheriff's Deputies say 16 year-old Cassandra Hallmark drowned Sunday, while scuba diving at the Clear Springs Scuba Park in Terrell, Texas.

Deputies say they responded to the park at 11-am, after they received a missing person's report.  When they arrived on scene, they realized the missing person was a girl who was scuba diving with a group of people.  Authorities say she panicked while under water, and removed her breathing device.  Hallmark was found at the bottom of the water.  

E-m-s personnel performed c-p-r, and transferred her to Terrell Hospital, where they were able to get a pulse.  Hallmark was then transferred to Children's Hospital in Dallas, where she was pronounced dead at nine p-m. 

Now, as students and teachers at Durant High School prepare for the end of the school year, they also have to deal with the death of a friend.

Superintendent Dr. Terry James says, "Teachers are very sensitive to that, will be very patient and supportive of any students that are having difficulty with grieving, and just want to be supportive."

Councilors are available at the high school to speak with any student or teacher who needs help dealing with their feelings and emotions.  Dr. James says school administrators send their thoughts and prayers out to the family, in their time of need.

Kristi Branam, KTEN News.