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School scrambles following child's flu-related death

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – It was a scary day for some Elysian Fields ISD parents, following a somber one for others. 12-year-old Trenton Lindsey died Tuesday night due to complications from the H1N1 virus.

Family members say Trenton caught the virus after a basketball game. He later died from pneumonia at a Shreveport hospital.

By Monday, Trenton Lindsey's condition took a turn for the worse, "He tried to talk to me… when he began to talk to me, I knew he was struggling," said Pat Lindsey.

Trenton's dad, Shane Lindsey, picked a four-leaf clover from the front yard. "I was sitting here, and I saw it and I just thought of my son."

"Trenton left it here to let him know everything's okay," said Pat.

Elysian Fields officials held a press conference on Thursday, "There's a broad spectrum, antimicrobial total release agent that they're releasing in all classrooms," said Tina Parker, the school nurse.

Buses have also been sanitized, and sanitizers are all over the campus, along with Pastors helping students deal with losing such a young friend.

"When someone your own age passes away, it's kind of a shock. But, I think the kids are dealing with the best they could," said James Runnels, the Lindsey Family pastor.

Middle school principal Maynard Chapman said counselors did a great job of trying to help the children. "It's going to take a while," he said.

The school nurse said the district has actually seen a decrease in flu-like symptoms over the past few weeks.

Letters went home to parents about the situation, Thursday afternoon.  Some parents decided to keep their kids home anyway.

"We're taking all steps that we can possibly take to ensure the safety of the students," said Parker.

While remembering the one they lost.

"He was a great kid, and we all love him very much," said Chapman.

Trenton's father said his son did get a flu shot in the fall.

State health officials are working the school district. They say the seasonal flu and H1N1 are still prevalent in East Texas, and they encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

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