Classes Resume After Sudden Death Of 8th-Grade Girl Scout Standout

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Students at a San Diego County middle school were still in shock as they returned to classes on Monday after a student collapsed and died at a graduation celebration.

14-year-old Sabrina Keller collapsed during a graduation party at Woodland Park middle school in San Marcos last Thursday.

Keller was later pronounced dead at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. No cause of death has been determined.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the young Girl Scout standout will be missed by those inside and outside the classroom.

“She’s a pretty little blonde blue-eyed girl, an average student but well-liked by her teachers and her peers here at school,” said assistant vice principal Michelle Batiti.

School was not in session Friday, and counselors will be on hand when students and teachers return to school on Monday.

“There will be plenty of support for students, teachers and parents,” said Batiti.

The eighth-grader was set to graduate from middle school next Thursday.

  • Barbi Winters

    OMG. What a sad thing to read. Unbelievably sorry for this girl’s family. I cannot imagine their devistation. For the NEWS: Would it possibly be better to say “when she colapsed and died suddenly?” HAVE SOME RESPECT and be professional if you’re going to report something like this.

  • Jeff

    I can’t believe the nerve of the vice principal, Michelle Batiti. “She was an average student”, really? Are you that much of a senseless moron that you don’t find that statement insulting? You have got to be kidding me! This poor girl just died and you find it necessary to point out that she had average grades. Your statement is heartless, and perhaps you should reevaluate your choice of working with kids.

    • Will

      Jeff, you are really being hypercritical. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being an average student. Most students in any school are “average” students. Not everyone can be an academic standout. Sabrina was “well-liked by her teachers”; that is a lot more telling than her grades. Obviously she was a good student, as well as being a “standout” Girl Scout..

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  • George

    I totally agree with Jeff

    • Don Buttock

      But Jeff smokes pole.

  • Angelo D'Elia

    Yes, I agree. The statement by the the vice principal, Michelle Batiti, if reported accurately, was not appropriate. What justification is there to release a student’s academic performance to the public unless it is to recognize exceptionally high academic achievement? To release it upon the death of a student is more than merely unnecessary. It is heartless and an invasion of privacy. Finally, the newspaper ought to have omitted the quote altogether out of respect for the grieving family.

  • Comment wasn't needed.

    Whether or not the VP’s comment was inappropriate, it was most certainly UNNECESSARY.

  • Kim

    Vice Principal Michelle Batiti’s comment is inappropriate. A student’s academic record should be considered private and the release of this information no purpose in relationship to the death of this youung person. The VP deserves an F+ in administration and a low mark in conduct. Ms. Battiti should be so lucky to be considered an average VP.

  • amg6446

    The term is dependent on how it was spoken. I believe it was meant not as a complaint but as a feeling of being one with the crowd.

    When asked about my business I call it an average family business. That is not to infer that being average is bad.

    It is a troubling situation and things must be not viewed with such suspicion.

  • Marcus

    The grieving family already knows she was an average student so they’re not likely to be offended my the remark. If someone’s an honor student, it is noted in occasions like this, and the mention that she was an average student but well-liked is perfectly fine.

  • you
    760-290-2455 Ext. 2473
    you can tell the assistant vp how inappropriate her comments are at the above, taken from the san marcos unified school district website. She’s a tool!

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