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The Death of Michael Renner-Lewis III
Background: Fifteen-year-old Michael Renner-Lewis III, who had austim, died on the first day of school, August 25, 2003.
The 6-foot, 165-pound teen died during or after he was restrained on his stomach.
School officials said he had a seizure early in the day but became "agitated" around 12:30. In an effort to calm him down, four staff members "tried to quiet Michael". Each grabbed one of his limbs and sat down on the floor next to him in a room behind the school auditorium, police said.
A family caregiver arrived at 1:25 to take Michael home, but found him unconscious on the floor. She started giving Michael CPR, but was too late to revive him.
He was pronounced dead at a local hospital by 2:30.
An initial autopsy report showed "no obvious anatomical causes" of death. As of November 17, 2003, investigators were still waiting for the results of toxicology tests.
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