Brownwood High loses classmate in D’Avion Wasson in drowning accident

Brownwood High School staff and students face a sad day as they resume class without their friend and classmate, D’Avion Wasson, principal Mitch Moore said.

Wasson, a 17-year-old senior and starting guard with the Brownwood Lions basketball team, drowned around 5:50 p.m. Sunday while swimming in Mill Pond Park in San Saba.

“Tuesday’s going to be a tough day for our staff and our students,” Moore said Monday by phone. “We have to work together to move forward but we are all hurting. He would want us to continue to do our best just like he did on the court.”

The school district’s crisis response team, including counselors and local ministers, will be available at the school Tuesday morning for all students and staff members who need help dealing with the tragedy, Brownwood school Superintendent Dr. Joe Young said in a written statement released by the district.

Mill Pond is a spring-fed pond, 50 to 60 yards across, San Saba police said. It appeared Wasson was trying to swim across the pond and was about half-way across when he went below the surface and never resurfaced, police said.

Other swimmers saw Wasson go under water and were able to bring him to shore, giving him CPR until first responders arrived, police said. Wasson was taken to Rollins-Brook Hospital in Lampasas, where he was pronounced dead after additional attempts to revive him.

“He had a good personality,” Moore said. “It was always good to see him in the hallway. He was always respectful to me. Everybody liked to be around him. Good guy … (he was) very well liked. Lots of friends.”

Thirty-five to 40 students gathered at a home Sunday night for a prayer service, Moore said.

Wasson was passionate about basketball and very competitive on the court, Moore said. He said he believed Wasson planned to continue his education and would have played college basketball if he had the opportunity.

In the written statement, Moore said the Brownwood High School family “is hurting along with D’Avion’s family today because we have lost a friend, classmate, and teammate. D’Avion was a

competitor on the court and we will honor him by striving for excellence in all that we do as a staff and student body.”

Young said in the written statement:

“Two weeks ago, D’Avion started his senior year at Brownwood High School, excited about the academic and athletic opportunities a new year brings. Today is a difficult day as we

realize his infectious smile will be missing when we return to school.

“Brownwood ISD extends our sincerest condolences to his

family and friends, and we appreciate all the positive thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.”