School statement on teen that fell from balcony


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WISH) – Plainfield Community Schools has released a statement on the 13-year-old who died after falling from a balcony in Panama City Beach, Florida.

According to a press release from the Panama City Beach Police Department,  shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to the Palazzo in reference to a possible balcony fall and found 13-year-old Zachary Dickman dead at the scene. Police say the teen was vacationing with his family.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students, Zachary Dickman, who died while in Florida over spring break. Zach was in 7th grade at Plainfield Community Middle School. He was an honor roll student, well-liked and extremely bright. He was also active in the Plainfield Community Middle School band. The loss of Zach is a sobering tragedy for our school community. Staff and students have been informed of this loss. Counselors are available to students and staff for assistance in answering any questions and coping with their grief.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Zach’s family. We will provide information about memorial services and funeral arrangements once available. Thank you for your concern at this difficult time. ”

The cause and manner of death is under investigation. Police say no foul play is suspected.

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