A 12-year-old California middle school student died after collapsing during a P.E. class on Tuesday.
Yahshua Robinson was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed and became unconscious at Canyon Lake Middle School in Lake Elsinore.
Robinson passed away at the hospital from cardiac arrest, according to his family.
The family believes Robinson’s tragic death was the result of “excessive heat” in the area, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Yahshua Robinson, a 12-year-old student at Canyon Lake Middle School in Lake Elsinore, died after collapsing during PE class, and parents at the school believe his death was “brought about by the sweltering heat.” https://t.co/e6WgObkEvupic.twitter.com/MZjtxr19wh
The high in the area on Tuesday was 105 degrees Fahrenheit, according to The Weather Channel.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the area from Aug. 28 through Aug. 30, the city of Lake Elsinore said in a Facebook post.
Amarna Plummer, Yahshua’s aunt, told NBC4 that someone should be “held accountable” in her nephew’s death.
“This is terrible. It happened on somebody else’s watch,” Plummer told the outlet.
Yahshua is survived by his parents and three siblings, who are navigating a “devastating reality,” according to a GoFundMe set up for the family.
“The void Yahshua leaves behind is profound,” the GoFundMe says. “The agony of losing a child is indescribable, and as we wait with heavy hearts for the autopsy results, we are reminded of the unpredictability of life.”
According to reports, Robinson was made to run as punishment for not dressing out for class.
He reportedly started feeling ill, pleaded for water, and said he couldn’t breathe.
After his condition worsened, he reportedly passed out on the field.
#YahshuaRobinson, a 12-year-old #LakeElsinore middle schooler, collapsed and died after being forced to run in sweltering heat during physical education class.
It was reported that he was made to run as punishment for not wearing the proper attire.
Yahshua’s family told KTLA they were appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community so far. A GoFundMe page was created to help with funeral expenses.
A statement from the Lake Elsinore Unified School District said:
“In this difficult moment, we are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of one of our students due to a medical emergency on one of our LEUSD campuses. Our hearts are with the family, friends, and our school community. This is a time of great sorrow for the entire community.”
The school district is providing mental health and grief counselors for students and staff. Meanwhile, Yahshua’s family said they’re still awaiting official autopsy reports.
Some have questioned if the experimental mRNA COVID-19 shot may have played a role since Robinson suffered cardiac arrest in the hospital.
However, it’s unknown if he had the experimental injection.
Lake Elsinore, CA – 12 year old boy Yahshua Robinson suffered a medical emergency & collapsed during PE class on Aug.31, 2023
He died suddenly in the hospital of cardiac arrest