LPD officer pulls student from freezing playa lake - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

LPD officer pulls student from freezing playa lake

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A Lubbock police officer pulled an Atkins Middle School student from a bitter cold playa lake at 58th and Avenue U on Tuesday.

Officer Kidd saw that a student, between 10 and 12 years of age, had entered the water and was having difficulties.

Officer Kidd and a staff member went into the lake and rescued the student in 27-degree weather.

The student was transported to UMC, treated and released.

Officer Kidd made a uniform change and went back to work.

KCBD went to measure the water temperature this afternoon. The three readings were 14, 15 and 19 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures that  make water very dangerous. According to the United States Search and Rescue Task Force, expected survival time in water under 32 degrees is 15 to 45 minutes. A person can experience disorientation, numb extremities, and loss of breath when they're in the water and experience hypothermia.

LISD released this statement on Tuesday afternoon:

This afternoon around 12:35 p.m., a student eloped from Atkins Middle School with two teachers and a teaching assistant attempting to redirect him. The circumstances didn't warrant restraint of the student. He requested to go across the street to the playa lake to look at the geese. In an attempt to deescalate the situation, the teachers accompanied him across the street to the playa lake. After observing the geese for a few minutes, the student entered the water past his ankles. After a couple of minutes in the water and several attempts by the staff to coax him out, the student fell and was completely wet. At that point, one of the teachers and an LPD officer who had driven up on the scene went into the lake to retrieve him. He was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

According to the Texas Education Code; Texas Penal Code; 19 T.A.C. Chapter 89:

A school employee, volunteer, or independent contractor may use restraint only in an emergency and with the following limitations:

Restraint must be limited to the use of such reasonable force as is necessary to address the emergency

Restraint must be discontinued at the point at which the emergency no longer exists

Restraint must be implemented in such a way as to protect the health and safety of the child and others

Restraint must not deprive the child of basic human necessities. 

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