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Brooklyn High School Student Drowns During Upstate Field Trip

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The Department of Education says a ninth-grade boy from a Brooklyn high school drowned Monday during a field trip to a state park in the Hudson River valley.

Fire officials in Thiells, N.Y. confirmed that they pulled a body from Hessian Lake in Harriman State Park, on the border of Rockland and Orange Counties, around 3 p.m. Monday.

DOE officials say the ninth-grade student, who attended International High School At Prospect Heights, was one of two children who broke away from a class hike in the park and went swimming in a lake.

By Monday night, it appeared the school's faculty had followed DOE rules arranging the trip.

DOE officials say there were five chaperones -- four teachers and a parent coordinator -- who accompanied the 48 students from the Crown Heights school on the trip.

They also say all of the visiting students had permission slips.

There will be grief counselors at International High School At Prospect Heights on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to DOE officials, who said their thoughts were with the student's family.

Between 2003 and 2005, no swimming was allowed on public school trips.

A 12-year-old student from a Harlem school, Nicole Suriel, drowned in June 2010 on a class trip to a Long Island beach, while the beach was closed and had no lifeguard present.

In response, the following month DOE officials fired the teacher who had chaperoned the outing, demoted the school's assistant principal and put the principal on probation.

DOE officials then put new regulations in place that called for more adult supervisors on class field trips and tougher rules regarding permission slips.

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