JOPLIN, Missouri- The Joplin Globe is reporting a  high school student died this morning during an accident in the gymnasium at Irving Elementary School.

The student has been identified as Spencer Nicodemus.

Spencer Nicodemus, Facebook photo

“It appears to be some kind of a crush incident with a basketball goal,” Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel said.

He said the body of the student is being taken to Kansas City for an autopsy that is scheduled for Friday. He confirmed the time of death was 9:09 a.m., but deferred to police and school authorities about releasing the name, saying family members are being contacted.



 The statement says that the student was volunteering when the accident occurred; no details about the accident were immediately given by officials. Emergency medical personnel responded and took the student to the hospital, where he or she died, the district said.

Spencer Nicodemus, Facebook photo

Witnesses said the student is a senior basketball player and the son of a teacher.

 “The student’s family is in our thoughts and hearts during this very difficult time,” the district said.

“Joplin Schools is currently cooperating in an investigation of the accident.”

This story will be updated at as more information becomes available.

“Spencer was born and raised in Joplin and went on to attend Joplin High School. Spencer was a fan of the Green Bay Packers and played football at one point but decided to leave the team to pursue other passionsSpencer found great joy in his fishing and hunting excursions, often posting his catches and game on his Facebook. He was an avid fan of professional fishing and worked at Academy Sports + Outdoors where he helped people with their outdoorsman needs,” his everipedia entry read