Teen with heart condition dies at Ala junior high

PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) — A school in Pell City is helping students cope with grief after one of their classmates collapsed in a classroom and died.

Authorities say 13-year-old Jalin Puckett died at a hospital Thursday morning after collapsing at Duran North Junior High School in St. Clair County. He was an eighth grader.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell says Puckett had a heart condition.

Pell City School Superintendent Michael Barber says grief counselors and pastors responded by going to the school. Classes dismissed at the normal time but some after-school activities were canceled.

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