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DeKalb School Board chair has medical emergency during meeting

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DeKalb School Board chair has medical emergency during meeting

A screenshot of School Board Chair Diijon DaCosta taken from a live video feed shortly before he had a medical emergency at the Dec. 11, 2023 School Board meeting.

This story has been updated.

DeKalb County, GA — DeKalb County School Board Chair Diijon DaCosta Sr. suffered a medical emergency during the board’s Dec. 11 meeting, bringing an abrupt halt to the meeting.

According to a video reviewed by Decaturish, DaCosta was discussing a recognition of veteran substitute employees in the district when the incident happened. In the middle of his remarks, DaCosta paused, went quiet and grabbed his chest. Board members got up from their seats at the dais and gathered around DaCosta as he winced in pain. DaCosta slumped over in his chair.

At that point, the district stopped live-streaming the meeting. District officials cleared the room. Decaturish contributor Jaedon Mason said an ambulance arrived and the public was let back in the room, without DaCosta.

The board, visibly shaken, attempted to resume the meeting. Shortly after the meeting resumed, Superintendent Devon Horton asked for a moment of silence after informing the public that DaCosta was in an ambulance, headed to the hospital. The meeting abruptly adjourned.

Here’s a video of Horton’s announcement:

It’s unclear what DaCosta’s condition is at this time. A school district spokesperson said DaCosta was alert and answering questions when he departed for the hospital.

Decaturish will update this story when more information is available.

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