Rest in Peace Ammaria Johnson
My heart goes out to the family of Ammaria Johnson, the 7-year old little girl who died Monday 1/4/12:
The death of a Virginia first grader has raised questions about how schools should handle severe allergies.
Ammaria Johnson, 7, died Monday after suffering an allergic reaction during recess at her Chesterfield County elementary school, Hopkins Elementary.
"She came to the school clinic after feeling she had hives and shortness of breath," Lt. Jason Elmore, a spokesman for the Chesterfield County Fire Department, told ABC News. It's unclear how long Johnson was in the clinic before school officials called 911 at 2:26 p.m.
"When emergency crews arrived, she was already in cardiac arrest in the clinic," said Elmore.
Johnson was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
What caused the reaction is still under investigation, but Johnson's mother, Laura Pendleton, told local reporters the girl had a peanut allergy.