Ontario coroner to probe high-jump death

Ontario's coroner is going to investigate the high-jump death of an eastern Ontario secondary school student after an accident during an outdoor school practice.

Josiah Grant, 17, of Smiths Falls, Ont., died Wednesday at Kingston General Hospital a day after he was seriously injured when he missed the landing on the safety pad, according to the Upper Canada District School Board.

The school board said two supervising teachers reported the Grade 12 student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute landed awkwardly and suffered some "scrapes and bruises", but remained conscious.

The teachers then administered first aid and called the student's father. The teen was brought to the hospital "as a precaution," but later lapsed into a coma.

A coroner's investigation typically takes from six to nine months and is launched when a death is a result of a sudden, unexpected and accidental incident.

At the conclusion of the investigation, a report will be written including recommendations, if there are any, regarding the safety of a certain practice. In this case, that would be high jumping.

Critical response team at high school

"This is a tragedy and we have our critical response team on site at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute to provide support to students and staff," said Ian Carswell, the school board's associate director of education.

"The team will remain on site as long as required to provide those supports which include grief counselling."

Carswell said the school board continues to investigate the incident to see if more could have been done following what they are deeming an accident.

The Ministry of Labour confirmed it is not investigating the death.

Friends and fellow students have created a Facebook memorial page for Grant to express their condolences.