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Glynn Academy senior, William Collins, died Wednesday

7:05 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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ST. MARYS, Ga. -- New details emerged Thursday about the death of a high school senior in Glynn County.

William Collins, 18, was pronounced dead Wednesday morning on what would have been his graduation day. For students, staff and teachers at Glynn Academy it was a tragic week, the same week the school was celebrating graduation.

Police say they were called to 12th Street East in East Beach on St. Simons Island Wednesday morning.

Neighbors said several teens were staying in at the senior house, a graduation tradition at Glynn Academy where several friends stay the week of graduation.

Police said a 911 caller said Collins may have had too much too drink, and was not breathing. Collins was rushed to the hospital at 4 a.m. and pronounced dead an hour later.

Twelve underage people were charged with possession of alcohol. Police found liquor, beer, wine and marijuana in the house.

Glynn Academy Principal Dr. Scott Spence was shocked at the news on the day the senior class was to hold graduation. He said Collins was an outstanding young man, an A/B student who was headed to Georgia Southern University in the fall.

"It is always tough anytime a child passes away, no matter if you know the child or not. I have known Dalton for a long time, his grandmother is head of our alumni association. I have met his parents several times. It is a tough situation for everybody involved and for our whole community," said Spence.

Logan Gleaton was captain of the soccer team, played with Collins for four years. He heard the news early graduation morning when he got a phone call from his mother.

"There was another kid on the soccer team upstairs in our house. I just screamed oh my God, ran upstairs and told him, I mean I still don't feel like it was real honestly. I feel like he is in surgery like right now, and he will be back in a week or two, it is something that is hard to take in," said Gleaton.

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