PGCPS Teen Student Becomes Ill, Dies During School Field Trip.


A 16-year-old high school student died early Saturday after he became ill during a school-sponsored field trip, according to Prince George’s County fire officials.

Authorities said the Bowie High School student was on a junior ROTC trip when he started not feeling well. The bus pulled into a nearby gas station, and when medics arrived, they found the student, Okon Ntikem, 16, was unresponsive.

Emergency crews transported Ntikem to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office is working to determine the cause of death.

School officials said counselors will most likely at the school on Monday, and a letter will be going home to parents. Maryland State Police is handling the investigation.

“Prince George’s County Public Schools is saddened by this tragic turn of events and send our deepest sympathy to Ntikem family,” Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement. “PGCPS will do everything it can to support the entire Bowie High School community during this difficult time.”

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