FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Five Vandergriff Elementary staff members have been placed on administrative leave, confirmed Alan Wilbourn, a district spokesperson.

The staff members were placed on administrative leave following the death of Adron Benton that happened Wednesday (March 8).

Benton, who was diagnosed with autism, wandered away from the school Tuesday (March 7), and was found nearby in a private pool.

He was initially taken to Washington Regional Medical Center, and was later taken to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, where he died.

The school district is working with police to investigate the incident, and it is also conducting its own investigation.

The district also confirmed that a fence will be built around the play area within the next two or three weeks. The Arkansas Board of Education does not require schools to have a fence around playgrounds, unless the school has a preschool.


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