Thomas, Praml were on the field trip

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM.

Two Havelock High School teachers have resigned their positions after a near drowning of a student on a field trip last week.

Rob Thomas and Meribeth Praml, both listed as science teachers at the school, resigned on Monday. Craven County Schools released a statement Wednesday acknowledging that the two teachers from the field trip had resigned, and that Havelock High Principal Jeff Murphy had secured substitute teachers for their classes.

Wednesday’s statement issued by Jennifer Wagner, spokeswoman for Craven County Schools, also mentioned that an investigation into the events surrounding the field trip was continuing.

Both teachers were on the Sept. 27 field trip in which student Glenn Poole had to be rescued from the ocean and resuscitated on the beach. Thomas helped administer CPR to Poole, who had no pulse and was not breathing at the time he was pulled from the water.

Poole was initially taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City in critical condition before later being transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. A hospital spokesman there said the family had requested that no information about Poole’s condition be released.

Poole was among a group of about 40 students from four classes who went on the field trip Sept. 27 to the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Macon State Park.

The group included Thomas and Praml as chaperones, but it is not known if they were the only two chaperones for the students.

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