Chiles student passes away after collapsing at school
May 2, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-The Chiles High community is mourning the passing of senior Davion Stephens.
His death, coming five days after he collapsed on the school tennis courts.
According to the
page dedicated to Stephens, he died after going into cardiac arrest. That page is now set up to help with funeral costs.
On Tuesday night, students on campus are supporting Stephens through their talents.
For the Chiles Timberwolves, taking the field is bittersweet.
Chiles High baseball player Tyler Dunbar says, "It really is tough, we were saying prayers and stuff for his family and for him to pull through and sadly he didn't."
"Every time you think about Chiles, you think about Timberwolves Untied, you're going to think about Davion," says TJ West.
That's because Davion was a devoted baseball fan, cheering on the Timberwolves.
"He came to as much games as he could come to," says West.
"He'd always be cheering and stuff, always so excited for us and that was nice to have," says Dunbar.
Davion wasn't just a fan, he was also an athlete himself! Competing in the Special Olympics, even earning gold medals.
The Special Olympics Florida-Leon County Director Bridget Hawk’s statement regarding Davion reads:
“His passing is devastating to us all. Special Olympics provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. We got to watch Davion grow tremendously in these areas over the last several years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this most difficult time.”
West says Davion impacted his life.
"When you're having a bad day, the first person you called on was Davion. He was always there for you, one of the best friends."
Their biggest fan now missing from the stands, but not forgotten.
"In everyone's hearts and minds the game will be dedicated for him."
“Me knowing him for as long as I did, and knowing him as well as I did, I'm always going to play for him."
Helping honor the memory of a fellow classmate, athlete, and most of all, friend.
The local Special Olympics chapter hopes to start a scholarship in Davion’s memory. It will help cover travel costs for future Special Olympians from Leon County.
A celebration of life for Davion will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, located at 704 West 4th Avenue in Tallahassee.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6127 Proctor Road in Tallahassee.
May 2, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Chiles High School senior has died after suffering a medical emergency at school last week.
Tuesday, Leon County Schools spokesperson Chris Petley confirmed the tragic passing of student Davion Stephens.
Stephens was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after collapsing at school on Thursday, but later passed away.
A GoFundMe page set up for Stephens says it was determined that he had an enlarged heart and he went into cardiac arrest.
LCS officials say grief counselors will be on hand at Chiles on Wednesday.
A celebration of life for Davion will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. at Trin Missionary Baptist Church, located at 704 West 4th Avenue in Tallahassee.
A funeral service will be held on on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6127 Proctor Road in Tallahassee.
The family is asking those attending services to dress in red and black to honor Davion.
April 27, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A teenage boy suffered a life-threatening medical emergency Thursday at Chiles High School.
Medical records laws prevent the release of his condition. His identity is also not being released.
But students at Chiles who know the young man are worried about their fellow classmate, and are praying he's okay.
When asked about the incident, senior Sydney Donovan says, "I didn't know what to think."
Law enforcement says a student hit his head on the pavement of a tennis court during an outdoor activity.
"I was trying to figure out if it were rumors or if anyone was sure of what happened or not. I didn't want to believe it was him. He's a great guy and a good friend of mine," says Donovan.
Rumors continued to grow on campus while first responders were on scene.
Leon County Schools spokesperson Chris Petley said, "At no time was our school placed on lockdown, I think it might have been some rumors because of the response of some fire trucks and ambulances."
Parents were notified that students were held in their 5th period classes for a longer time because of the medical emergency.
During the accident, eyewitnesses say responders were performing CPR. The student was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
"First responders were called out to the school, they responded and transported the student for further medical evaluation," says Petley.
With the student's condition unknown at this time, classmates are hoping for the best.
"He's really sweet, he's just like a super friendly guy, just always talking to people, always doing what he can to make people smile," says Donovan.
We continue to reach out to the school district to hear more about the student's current condition.