Texas town outraged after middle school football player dies fro - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Texas town outraged after middle school football player dies from attack by ants during game

Posted:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:00:17 GMT
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>

Courtesy NBC News

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News

Parents and a school district official are demanding answers after a 13-year-old Texas boy died four days after he suffered a severe allergic reaction to ant bites during a football game.

Cameron Espinosa was in a huddle with his teammates at Paul R. Haas Middle School in Corpus Christi last Wednesday when he started yelling, "Ants! Ants! Ants!"

He then collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.

Cameron died late Sunday, Driscoll Children's Hospital confirmed. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday.

Cameron's mother, Josephine Limon, told NBC station KRIS of Corpus Christi that having more trained personnel on hand — even with something as simple as an EpiPen — could have saved her son.

"It's been devastating to lose my baby that way," she said, calling Cameron "an amazing kid" who had already started the recruiting process to play college football.

"He wanted to be a medical student and continue playing as a center with his number, 66," she said, adding that she had hired a lawyer.

The game continued after Cameron was taken away last week, creating intense anger among parents and even school board members, who said the district has a pervasive ant problem.

"Everybody's just speechless right now," Cynthia McCormick, the mother of a Haas student, told KRIS. "It's kind of scary, but you think that they should have been more prepared."

Corpus Christi Independent School District board member Hector Salinas — a former high school baseball coach in the district — said he stopped by the Haas field and personally saw more than 20 ant piles.

"People can tell me, well, when it rains, the ants come out. No," Salinas told KRIS, speaking last week before Cameron died. "I don't want to hear that. No. This kid got bit by a lot of ants. Something went wrong."

As calls poured in Monday from concerned parents after Cameron's death, Salinas told KRIS that he intended to inspect all of the district's athletic fields before students could be allowed back on them.

"Parents, they rely on us and the school to take care of the kids and make sure that they're safe," Salinas said, "And somehow, you know what? We didn't do our job."

School district officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday, but in a statement Monday, the district said it had canceled all extracurricular activities at Haas and had treated every middle school field with insecticide. It extended its condolences to Cameron's family and said grief counselors were at the school to help his schoolmates.

Read on NBC News

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.