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Encinal Students, Teachers, Administrators Wrestle With Death of Football Player

Encinal football player Giovanni (Gio) Pulido collapsed at practice on Monday and died later that night. (Family's GoFundMe Page)

Encinal football player Giovanni (Gio) Pulido collapsed at practice on Monday and died later that night. (Family’s GoFundMe Page)

School district attempts to maintain confidentiality around the death of an Encinal Junior & Senior High School football player on Monday were thwarted by modern conveniences, with at least one student telling Action Alameda News, “it’s all over the internet.”

However, several students on the Encinal campus late yesterday declined invitations to discuss the death of 15-year old Giovanni Pulido, with one saying, “I don’t want to talk about it, out of respect for the family.”

Encinal students were told about the death at the start of classes yesterday morning, but received few details. School district community affairs manager Susan Davis declined to confirm the name of the student, saying the family had not given permission to the district to release it, even as the Alameda County coroner’s office was providing it to area news media.

School administrators sent an e-mail at 10 p.m. Monday night saying, “one of our students passed away this evening following a medical emergency that occurred at the conclusion of football conditioning. Encinal staff worked diligently to provide medical attention, and 911 was called immediately. The student was taken to the hospital where he passed away.”

District officials followed-up yesterday with a terse press release, saying that the boy had collapsed around 5:45 p.m. According to a GoFundMe page set up by the family to raise money for funeral expenses, he died about 15 minutes later, at 6 p.m.

The school district has grief counselors available to students and staff at the school through the week, and additional emotional support is available. An e-mail from Encinal administrators yesterday encourages parents to talk with their children about the incident.

Encinal students in-the-know wore red, Giovanni’s favorite color, to school yesterday.

The family’s GoFundMe page is available here.

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