Crisis counselors were at Pioneer Elementary in Bolingbrook on Wednesday to help students cope with the drowning of a classmate.
Jordan Oliver, a fifth-grader at the school, died Tuesday after being pulled from the pond at nearby Indian Chase Meadows Park. The Will County Coroner's Office, which conducted an autopsy Wednesday, ruled the preliminary cause of death was drowning.
"We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected loss of Jordan Oliver," said Principal Carmen Killingsworth in a statement. "She was a very sweet, very responsible young lady and was an outstanding student."
Witnesses said the 11-year-old was part of a larger group whose members were playing a "dare game." She told them she couldn't swim, witnesses said, but the other children dared her to jump off a bridge.
"The girls were jumping off the bridge. I walked to the gazebo with my friends. I sat there and I told one of my friends to watch out because someone's going to get hurt," said Crystal Dolant.
Bolingbrook police and fire crews first responded to the 1400 block of Raven Avenue near Pioneer Elementary School about 5:30 p.m. on reports that she went under the water and did not surface, said Bolingbrook police Lt. Mike Rompa.
Dive teams from Bolingbrook and nearby Naperville found Oliver and pulled her from the water about 6:30 p.m.
Crews immediately began CPR and took her to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.