'An all-around great kid'

Thaddeus Maurice Calvary

St. Andrews Middle School Principal Benjamin Bragg got choked up when he talked about his student Thaddeus Maurice Calvary, who died Monday after being found unconscious in a school bathroom.

"He was a well-behaved kid with a bright future ahead of him," he said of the eighth-grader. Thaddeus, 15, was a member of Bragg's leadership team, loved sports, and was popular among students and staff members.

Students at St. Andrews Middle were supposed to begin taking the standardized PASS test Tuesday, Bragg said, but school officials were able to put that off until Thursday to give students some time to grieve the loss of their classmate.

Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Myers said she has not yet determined the cause of death. There was no trauma to Thaddeus's body, and he hadn't suffered any injuries, she said. But she needs to do microscopic and toxicology tests, she said, and it could take four to eight week to get the results.

Bragg said school leaders gave students an extended homeroom period Tuesday to help them cope with the tragedy. And the Charleston County School District sent a crisis team to the school to help students. Some members of that team will remain at the school until the end of the week.

Groups of students made posters and cards for the Calvary family, Bragg said.

The school will hold some kind of memorial service, he said, but plans for the event are not yet complete. And students and staff members are planning to plant a Magnolia tree and place a brick nameplate on the school's grounds in memory of Thaddeus.

"He always had a smile," Bragg said. "He always came to school. He was an all-around great kid, and he's going to be missed."

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