Boy, 8, dies while playing on obstacle course

Ryan Perry strangled while playing on ropes course swing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville fifth-grader died after a rope swing became caught around his neck and strangled him, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police were called to Bolles Middle School just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Ryan Perry was playing on a rope swing, just feet from where his brother was practicing football, according to JSO.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce a tragic accident has occurred on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus on the afternoon of September 5. Ryan Perry, a Whitehurst Campus fifth grade student, suffered a fatal injury while playing on a ropes course intended for team building near the athletic fields," said the head of the Bolles School in an email to WJXT-TV.

"He was on the ground. His upper torso would have been off the ground. But he was not up high enough," said JSO Sgt. Shawn Coarsey.

Police said the boy's father and sister were also there, but the boy was alone when his neck became caught in the rope swing.

"The dad was watching the practice, which is not very far away. You can see where the crime scene is in comparison to the field and the bleachers," said Coarsey.

A Bolles faculty member, who is trained in and teaches CPR, as well as a parent, who is a doctor, both administered CPR on Perry until he was taken by ambulance to Baptist Medical Center.

Police said there will likely be no charge of child neglect.

School officials said they will provide counselors for students and faculty.

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