Boy's death in school bathroom attributed to game

AUSTIN (AP) - A 7-year-old Texas boy found dead hanging from a hook in a school bathroom may have been playing a game students call "run and jump."

Police reports released yesterday about the February death of Tevin Park-Flowers say that students at the Not Your Ordinary School sometimes ran along benches lining the walls of the bathroom. Students called the game "run and jump" because they liked to jump from bench to bench and try to touch the ceiling.

Tevin had been excused from a school assembly January 30th to go to the bathroom. When he didn't return, a male teacher went looking for him. He found Tevin caught on a hook by his shirt.

Police said the shirt collar had cut off his oxygen. They also considered suicide or homicide but found no evidence to support either possibility.

An attorney for Tevin's parents said he had "lingering questions" about the boy's death.

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