2010-04-15 / Local & State

Teacher Dies After Collapsing In Classroom

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – An autopsy is set on a 44- year-old teacher who died shortly after collapsing while tutoring four students during lunchtime at a western Pennsylvania high school.

Lawrence County Coroner Russell Noga says Neshannock High School teacher John Thompson, of Grove City, had a family history of heart problems. The autopsy was set for Friday.

Noga says Thompson collapsed Thursday and was pronounced dead a short time later at Jameson Hospital in New Castle. That’s about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

School superintendent Mary Todora says Thompson was tutoring four students when “he just fell over.’’

Students summoned another teacher, and a school nurse tried to revive Thompson with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Thompson was hired in 1994.

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