Teachers resign after near drowning of Havelock HS student

HAVELOCK - Craven County Schools can confirm that the two teachers on the field trip from Havelock High School resigned on Monday, Oct. 1.

The principal of Havelock High School, Mr. Jeff Murphy, has secured substitutes for those classes.

According to the Havelock News, Rob Thomas and Meribeth Praml stepped down effective Tuesday. They were listed as science teachers at Havelock High School.

Thomas and Praml were both on a field trip on Sept. 27, in which a Havelock High School male student was caught in a rip current and had to be pulled from the ocean at Fort Macon State Park. He was one of about 40 students who took part in the trip.

The teen was pulled out of the water by several people, including a kayaker. Thomas then helped perform CPR on the student, who had no pulse or heart beat, the Havelock News reported.

The student was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where at last check, was listed in critical condition. NewsChannel 12 called the hospital for updates, but a spokesperson said the teen's family had requested his information to be withheld.

According to a Craven County Schools release, parent permission slips did not say swimming or entering the water was part of the field trip. But according to the Havelock News, one student on the trip posted that swimming was part of the day's plan.

The investigation surrounding the events of the field trip are on going.


For more information, visit the Havelock News.

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