The Corpus Christi Independent School District announced Monday that there will be immediate changes following the recent death of 13-year old Cameron Espinosa.
Espinosa died from an allergic reaction he had after getting bit while playing in a Haas Middle School football game two weeks ago.
The district has hired an independent firm to review the district's policies and procedures in the wake of the tragedy to see what else might need to be done.
Meanwhile, the victim's family released another statement through their attorney, Thomas J. Henry.
It was a somber start to the CCISD's board meeting Monday, as they began with a moment of silence to mourn Espinosa's passing.
"We'll be staffing our middle school football games with EMS personnel this week," CCISD Superintendent Scott Elliff said. "These EMS personnel will be carrying backpacks and emergency supplies such as EpiPens."
Elliff laid out immediate changes that will be made at future football games. Meanwhile, Dr. Curtis Culwell out of Austin, a long-time educator, athletic coach and chairman of the UIL Policy Committee, will conduct an independent review on the district's policies and procedures.
Attorney Thomas J. Henry, who is representing the Espinosa family, has filed a request with the courts to depose school district officials. Henry said the tragedy could have and should have been avoided.
"We had an ant bite that resulted in death," Henry said. "You could have just as well had a young man hitting his head, a brain bleed and a non-responsive or an uneducated individual assessing the severity of an injury and not to be able to do it correctly, and then get the appropriate medical care necessary."
In the meantime, it was also announced that all middle school games will be held at either Buc Stadium or at the Cabaniss Sports Complex this week. Both stadiums have turf grass. That will be assessed on a weekly basis throughout the rest of the season.
Practices, however, will still be held at the middle schools.
Any further recommendations will be presented at the next school board meeting on Oct. 14.
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