Sixth grader dies after complaining of headache

By: Kate Tillotson Email
By: Kate Tillotson Email

February 2, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---There are still lots of questions following the death of a Langford Middle School student.

12-year-old Cyan Scoggins of Augusta died yesterday morning, but no one knows how.

For the last two days, grief counselors have been stationed at her school, speaking to students, teachers and parents. They're there to reach out to anybody who may be having a difficult time with this loss.

Cyan, a sixth grader, was pronounced dead Thursday morning. She had complained of a headache after playing basketball the day before.

"We feel very responsible in a way to help link the community to resources whenever something like this happens," said Dr. Carol Rountree, the director of guidance for Richmond County schools.

After learning Cyan had been placed on life support, she immediately dispatched a grief team to address the emotional health of those who knew her.

Among the team members, are two additional psychologists and two counselors. Rountree says they're here not just for students, but for the staff and the community as a whole.

She says students especially can be sensitive.

"That population is very tuned into their peers," she said. "We're always concerned with the fact that that is a child who has interacted with other children at the school."

The coroner says it's likely she died of natural causes, though unexpectedly. We won't know for sure until her autopsy.

A mystery death for a girl who, judging by her picture, perhaps liked the color pink, sometimes wore her hair up, and smiled big.

Cyan is not the only student Richmond County has lost recently. Dr. Rountree says there were three other deaths since last fall.

Two were fourth graders, the other, an eighth grader.

We're told all were asthma-related.

As for Cyan's cause of death, we won't know anything until her autopsy on Sunday.


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  • by Tera H on Dec 22, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    Cyan was and always will be my bestfriend and she will forever be in my heart I went and saw her today and i heard her talking back to me people may think im crazy for saying that but she really was my friend she thought me the meaning of friendship but with a sisterly bond. The day she died I was on the phone with her and she asked me to come to one of her game but I told her NO am tried and dont feel like hear no yell but i'll be at the next one but i didn't no there would never be a next one. I still think of you and always will noone will replace you in my HEART <3
  • by Dominique Location: Richmond County on Aug 29, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    Cyan Scoggins was one of my friends in elementary school.I was shocked that she had died.Cyan was one of the popular girls that I knew and one of my bestest friends.I will miss Cyan because she was one of my bestest friends.I know that cyan's parents are so sad that their daughter died.She could see what was in the future.I didn't know one of my friends died I thought it was someone I didn't know.WE WILL MISS U CYAN AND WE STILL LOVE U.
  • by Cameron Location: Richmond County GA on Apr 29, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    This was 1 of my best friends at Langford middle school! I can;t stop thinking of her,especially cause i really was in love with her.I wanted to kill myself when i heard that she has died! She was one of my friends and i hate that she is dead but can't stop anything that happened in the past so anyone friends of Cyan remember... WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND LOVE CYAN SCOGGINS!!!!!!
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