It is with a heavy heart to update this story that Ben Johnson passed away earlier this afternoon at Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville. We send our thoughts and prayers to those in the Fleming Island High School community in this period of mourning


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FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. — Friends and family are currently praying for a Fleming Island High School sophomore football player who collapsed Tuesday afternoon in the school’s weight room.

According to the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, the Clay County School District released a statement regarding the incident but cited privacy concerns for not releasing the name of the football player involved.

“A Fleming Island High School student passed out today while he was working out in the weight room during school hours. EMS was called immediately and he was transported to a nearby hospital. He was transferred to Wolfson Children’s Hospital where he is in critical condition. We are not releasing the student’s name at this time, but he is a sophomore who plays football and baseball.”Clay County School District

However, by early Wednesday afternoon, it was revealed that the student, Ben Johnson, was the one who the Clay County community was showing support for after his family released a statement via WJAX-TV in Jacksonville.

“The Johnson family is humbled by all of the prayers, love and support from the Fleming Island Community. Ben remains in critical condition, and continued prayer is requested for Ben and our family.”WJAX-TV Jacksonville

Justin Barney of the Florida Times-Union reported that this Friday’s upcoming game between Fleming Island (4-0, 1-0 District 7A-3) at Ridgeview (4-0, 1-0 District 5A-5) would include an honor for Johnson.

According to the Florida Times-Union report, practices for all of the football teams were canceled for the day after Johnson collapsed, while players and the community showed outgoing support.