Officials seeking answers in Parkside student’s death

School closed with a moment of silence today, in memory of 16-year-old Cameron Dashiell, a Parkside student who died Sunday.

Investigators at the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, who are investigating, said the young man was near Salisbury University Sunday afternoon and appeared to be suffering from a medical condition.

Students tried to help him.

Dashiell was alive when he was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, but later died there, officials said.

The incident occurred at about 3:45 p.m., they said.

Today, Dr. John Fredericksen, superintendent of Wicomico County schools, issued a news release saying Parkside High and all county schools “are saddened by the passing on Sunday evening of Cameron Dashiell … a student in his third year at Parkside High School.”

“Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

The release stated Parkside staff members were informed of the death Monday morning. Teachers were asked to inform students of the death.

Additional personnel were at Parkside “to provide support to students and staff,” according to the news release.

Students at James M. Bennett High School also had counselors available, since Cameron’s former classmates attend there.

An autopsy will be done at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore to determine cause of death.


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