Skip to comments.Long Island Teen Dies Of Mysterious Illness During Disneyland School Trip
Posted on 02/23/2013 5:50:17 PM PST by null and void
ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) A 15-year-old boy from Long Island died of a mysterious illness while on a school trip to Disneyland.
Joseph Tutaj was one of 80 students from Seaford High Schools marching band who traveled to the Southland to perform at the Anaheim theme park last week.
The first day at Disneyland he was okay. He went on Space Mountain and everything with us. Then the second day he wasnt feeling well at all, said band member, Michael Nicola.
On Tuesday, Tutaj was at the Santa Monica Pier when he complained of a high fever.
The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and died 24 hours later.
Doctors told the boys family they believe Tutaj may have contracted a debilitating infection.
Tutajs parents said the 15-year-old trumpet player had no history of medical problems.
The LA County Coroners Office said the cause of death has been deferred pending further tests.
The boys passing is the latest in a string of tragedies to hit the Tutaj family.
His father, Robert, is currently battling stage four cancer, and the familys home was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy.
Why do parents allow public schools to run off with their children to other states?
Lord have mercy on this ailing family.
My daughter went from Indiana to Disney World Orlando on exactly the same kind of trip and had a great time.
That was a safer trip than her drive to school each day in my view. One day she got clobbered by a tri-ax dump truck, thankfully the pickup truck she was driving had a lot of compressable length.
Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.
The purpose of the Bring Out Your Dead ping list (formerly the Ebola ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.
So far the false positive rate is 100%.
At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the Bring Out Your Dead threads will miss the beginning entirely.
*sigh* Such is life, and death...
we have perverts and pedophiles running schools now
“The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and died 24 hours later.”
Nancy Pelosi will be on Meet the Press on Sunday morning and will blame the teen’s death on Ronald Reagan.
When my daughter was in high school she went to Disney World with the band. They were invited to play there. It was a great experience and she had a great time. And no, taxes didn’t pay for the trip, the kids and the parents (us) did.
How do you think the fact this kid was on a school sponsored trip figures into him getting ill?
Prayers for Joseph Tutaj and his family.
My kids have often gone on school trips like this. This was just some very bad luck, from what is known so far.
People do get sick and die every day no matter where they are. On day one, there was a woman who died outside Spaceship Earth as we were in line. Sad. Not anyone from our group.
Sending kids to another state is nothing compared to foreign exchange students who are sent half way around the world. I’d never let my kids in the program but we had an exchange student one year. In that group that came over, one of them was killed in a car accident. Very scary and beyond tragic.
Can you please add me to the Bring Out Your Dead ping list? Thanks
I’m not into conspiracy theories, but this just seems weird. Wasn’t there a story out of LI last week about a 6 y.o girl who died under mysterious circumstances?
What do perverts or pedophiles have to do with this story?
I can’t even imagine the sorrow his mother and father must be going through. Lord, give them strength and let them know You’ll hold each one of them close and help them be able to bear it until they meet again.
My son was a 15-year-old trumpet player when he and his older sister went to Disney World at the end of school last year. After losing our first daughter to stillbirth we always say, “I love you” when we say good-bye, never knowing whether we’ll see each other again. Saying good-bye to my kids and watching that plane take off was tough.
For this family they probably thought this trip would be a little spot of joy in the middle of everything else. Gosh, I hurt for them.
Where was it that there was supposed to be antibiotic-resistant TB?
Done. Welcome aboard.
Amazing. That was EXACTLY what I was thinking.
LA, skid row, that's maybe 30 miles and an entire world away from Disneyland.
This wasn't any flavor of TB; TB would take years, not days.
Can you add me to the Bring Out Your Dead ping list please?
Possibly. I’m sure the COD will eventually be reported, aren’t you?
Is that the one in Longmont, CO?
I’d like to be added to the PING list.
Although I’m not dead yet.
When’s your next round?
ummm...he was a Trumpet player...not a strumpet player....
Whens your next round?
The next time someone, somewhere dies of some horrible, unexpected disease.
Have a nice day...
Keep a watch on the US western states for a while. On the 20th of this month, a six year old girl died of unknown causes in Colorado, and the responders wore HAZMAT suits to check out her house. With decontamination afterwards.
It is not unrealistic to suspect that a very dangerous pathogen is propagating.
Some sort of systemic sepsis?
Pretty fast death for a young person? Probably an autopsy is next.
What in heaven's name does your comment have to do with this story? A young boy died for goodness sakes. You should be hanging your head in shame for somehow blaming the parents for sending him on the trip.
Have you ever been a parent? Or are you just one of those judgmental know-it-alls that has the audacity to tell actual parents what to do.
I've sent my son on chaperoned trips through his school. I trusted the parents that were chaperones. I knew them very well through scouting and just spending time together.
You must see a bogie man behind every tree. For your own personal health, let go of the imagined ones. Life sends us real ones soon enough (i.e. my dad's brain cancer, 0bama, et.al.)
My next door neighbor is a teacher. They are very conservative. His wife is a lawyer and they have three of the sweetest little girls in the world.
I feel sorry for you in your torment. There are still good people and there are good things in this world.
Put your broad brush away because it makes you look pathetic. Sorry, but it does.
If he and the family went through Sandy there is a large probability he was infected from the filth that came with the storm. It could have been incubating for some time. Lord have mercy on that family.
It may be. I thought it was LI, but guess I was wrong.
Exactly what I was thinking.
Disney’s White Rabbit must have given him a hug.
Ping... (Thanks, nully!)
I a sure they will eventually find what killed the lad. I doubt it will be reportted—Yesterdays news.
Yes, that is the one I’m referring to. But it could have just as likely been the TB outbreak in Los Angeles, or all the quiet epidemics that have been happening in prisons, or the vast number of antibiotic resistant infections that are cropping up all over the place.
I can see why first responders are getting a bit antsy about it.
Sounds more likely than TB. Meningitis comes on suddenly and with a very high fever and can kill very quickly. There was a college student here in my area who recently died of Meningitis. By the time they took him to the hospital, it was sadly too late. And it really freaked out my niece as all her kids, including the one in college came down sick around the same time that story was being reported. The all had high fevers and were complaining about body aches including neck pain and she called the doctor and he advised waiting a few days before bringing them in. The doctor thinks they either had the flu or a bad chest cold but then they all got ear and sinus infections and so she ended up taking them all in anyway.
Both my kids went to Washington DC with the safety patrol here in our schools in Florida they all had super great times I know because I and the wife were shaperones on 2 differnet trips I went with our son and the wife went with our daughter.
Spending a year in France as an exchange student when I was a teen remains one of the high points in my life. I am so glad that I had that opportunity, and thankful that my mother did not allow fear of what *could* happen to prevent me from having that experience.
Things can happen to people anywhere, at any time. You can't prevent things from happening by preventing your children from having memorable experiences.
Believe me, I would like to see every government owed socialist-entitlement and GODLESS school in this nation shut down.......
This could happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. It likely had absolutely noting to do with schooling.
Maybe, maybe not.
You can find more information about what kills people--sometimes with specific case information--if you make a habit of reading MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) published by the CDC. It is on my "must read" list.
If you come across this one or the girl in Colorado, would you let us know, please?
Is this a government school or private school?
My next door neighbor is a teacher. They are very conservative.
Conservative government school teacher is an oxymoron.
Conservative private school teacher is certainly possible.
But,....This sad incident likely had absolutely NOTHING to do with the type of school attended whether it was a private or home school or one of our nation’s K-12 temples of godless, socialist-entitilement centers of government worship ( misnamed “public school”) It could just as easily happened anywhere at anytime.
I worked at The Anaheim Theme Park for 10 years. People from all over the world visit. I used to fall ill more often than usual. My doctor educated me on washing my hands with soap and hot water as often as possible, using sanitizer, when there was no sink available, not touching surfaces without a paper towel, and not rubbing my eyes. My incidences of illness dropped to about once a year. I’m not saying that would have helped this poor soul, but the news does not surprise me :(
Problem is, you can't live your life based on what you are afraid might happen.
I have one daughter who traveled overseas and is looking at study abroad for a semester.
We let her go and pray for her. Her life is in God's hands and we will see her again some day if something does happen to her.
Considering the freak accidents and incidents and illnesses I've seen people die from here in the US, I don't see that she's in any greater danger overseas.
For that matter, I had a run in with MRSA myself, totally out of the blue. It almost killed me.
I'd never go bungee jumping or parachuting, but otherwise, I don't worry about what is going to happen to me or my kids.