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CCISD Plans Third-Party Investigation Into Death of Haas Student

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The Corpus Christi Independent School District is looking into bringing in an outside investigator to look into the fire ant-related death of 13-year old Cameron Espinosa.

That inquiry will look at district policies and procedures that are in place to deal with such emergencies and safety issues.

CCISD Superintendent Scott Elliff called a news conference Wednesday to announce the plans of that investigation.

The district is hoping to get answers to all of those questions that remain after the death of Espinosa, a Haas Middle School football player who was bitten by fire ants during a game last Wednesday.

Espinosa was hospitalized after suffering an allergic reaction to the bites. He passed away in the hospital early Monday morning.

Elliff wanted to update everyone on what the district has done and plans on doing in the future to deal with not only the fire ants, but overall safety questions. He explained that last Wednesday, he was at the hospital to check on Espinosa and told his staff to check every district field for safety conditions and fire ants.

Then, the next day, district workers began treating all the middle school fields for ants.

Elliff also called for an immediate internal review of policies and procedures relating to first aid and emergency procedures before games; but the superintendent is hoping for a much more in depth investigation into the district's school safety issues that have been called into question after the fire ant death.

"The gravity of this situation demands such an inquiry," Elliff said. "As superintendent of schools, I believe that will best be undertaken by an independent third party so that there will be no question as to the impartiality of the findings."

The superintendent plans on briefing board members next Monday about his third-party plan.

The school district is also looking at having EMS on the site of middle school games. So, it sounds like there are a lot of changes that could be on the way soon in regards to these games.

Meanwhile, friends, family and fellow classmates have begun the process of saying goodbye to Cameron Espinosa. A visitation was held Wednesday afternoon at Seaside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, and a rosary will be held there at 7 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at the Corpus Christi Cathedral at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

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