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A 13-year-old cadet at a private military academy died Saturday during an orientation camping trip, the school’s principal said.

Authorities rushed the child from Oleta State Park to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, North Miami police said.

The cause of death was undetermined, pending a medical examiner’s report, police said. No additional information was released.


The boy was one of 33 cadets attending the Back to Basics Christian Military Academy’s Training and Leadership Corps campout. The students, in grades 4-10, had been camping since Wednesday, Lynda Browne, the school’s principal and owner, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for Sunday’s edition.

The boy got out of bed in the middle of the night to tell a drill sergeant he didn’t feel well, Browne said. The boy collapsed on the way to the restroom.

‘The children get the very best of care’
Browne said the boy’s mother told her that her son “wasn’t the most physical, strong or athletic child.”

She said the academy subcontracts with Fort Lauderdale-based Juvenile Military Training and Leadership Corp. The camp is run by certified National Guard drill sergeants.

“Back to Basics Christian Military Academy”?

What? The New Crusaders?

(Added) It doesn’t get much better.

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