LODI—Students at Lodi High School are mourning the loss of a fellow student today.
Tyler Hinton, a 17-year-old special needs student, collapsed while in an adaptive physical education class Wednesday.
Hinton was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital, where was pronounced dead.
Students who knew him were shocked to hear the news.
"I just can't believe it," said Jose Ramirez, a sophomore. "He was always so full of life, he didn't deserve this."
Most students didn't know about the incident because Wednesday was a minimum day, but said they wish they were notified earlier.
"It's not right for me to come to campus and hear this on a day when I'm supposed to take finals," said Hardeep Singh, a junior. "Now my mind is focused on that, not finals."
Campus officials said they sent out a phone message late last night, but many students said they knew nothing about it.
"I didn't even know they sent out a message, I had no idea," said Jessica Miller, a senior. "I would've liked to know something."
Students who witnessed paramedics on scene said they can't get the image out of their minds.
"It was scary, I just saw paramedics trying to get him to wake up," said Amy Smith, a senior. "It's an image I'll never forget."
The school's principal, Bob Lofsted, said the school's crisis responder team will be around to help students cope with the loss. Staff members who notice students in distress are being asked to refer them to school counselors.
"It can take a real emotional toll on students and staff members," Lofsted said. "It's like a little town here."
Details about the incident have not yet been released.