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Mark Niesse/AJC

An eighth-grade Atlanta student has died after becoming sick during a class.

Melvin Bussey, who attended Bunche Middle School in northwest Atlanta, died Wednesday after being rushed to the hospital, said Superintendent Erroll Davis in a statement Thursday.

Emergency responders and the family were contacted immediately, Davis said.

“This is a difficult day for the Atlanta Public Schools family. We are extremely saddened by the loss,” Davis said. “We will keep the family in our thoughts.”

Grief counselors were brought to the school Thursday to provide support to students and staff.

No other details surrounding the circumstances of Bussey’s death were provided by Atlanta Public Schools.

Atlanta police don’t believe foul play was involved, and there’s no criminal investigation underway into the child’s death, said Sgt. Gregory Lyon. An officer was dispatched to the school and followed up after the student was taken to the hospital.

APS spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green wouldn’t say whether there would be an investigation by the school system, and she said no more information would be forthcoming Thursday.

“We’re trying to let the students and family grieve,” she said.

Source: AJC