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Posted on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 9:13 p.m.

Skyline High School student dies in accident at home

By Cindy Heflin

A Skyline High School 11th-grader drowned accidentally in a bathtub in her home Wednesday night, school officials said Thursday.

Emergency medical technicians were dispatched to the home but were not able to revive the student, a message emailed to parents Thursday said.


Lucina Partis

Photo from Facebook

The student, Lucina Partis, was a member of the Ann Arbor high school's tennis team and part of its Design Technology and Environmental Planning magnet program, Principal Sulura Jackson said.

School district spokeswoman Liz Margolis students learned about the death in their second period classes on Thursday. The student’s close friends and their parents were informed earlier in the day, she said.

Partis had attended Ann Arbor schools since ninth grade, Margolis said.

The school held a moment of silence in Partis’s honor this morning, Jackson’s message said. Friends had set up a Facebook group in her honor.

Margolis did not have the time of the accident. Ann Arbor police declined to release details Thursday night.



Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 5:19 p.m.

We had the pleasure of having Lucina as a student in our school for several years. She was always very thoughtful, nice and pleasant with everyone. We will miss her a lot. We pray that the Lord of comfort will be with her family. In the name of all the boardmembers and teachers, Françoise Wolff Ecole Jean Calvin Toulouse France


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

People are asking for the article title to be changed. What is wrong with "Skyline High School student dies in accident at home"??


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 9:43 p.m.

The original title was "Skyline High School student drowns in bathtub"

Isaiah Fuller

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 9:35 p.m.

"Jen Eyer at 10:20 AM on December 9, 2011 After further discussion, we have found an alternate headline that remains descriptive but is less direct. We appreciate feedback from the Skyline community at this difficult time, and as I said, please reach out to Cindy if you have memories to share."


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

Lucina's life was brief, but she was well loved by her friends and a pleasure to be around. Her loss is tragic and we will miss her.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 6:04 p.m.

My prayers and heart go out to Lucina's family. Also, to all of her friends who cared so deeply about her, and were so enriched by the time that they had with her.

Jim Knight

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:21 p.m.

A comment was removed because it included details we have not been able to confirm.

Jen Eyer

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:20 p.m.

After further discussion, we have found an alternate headline that remains descriptive but is less direct. We appreciate feedback from the Skyline community at this difficult time, and as I said, please reach out to Cindy if you have memories to share.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 9:42 p.m.

I don't think it was necessary to change the headline. It was accurate and is/was standard AP Style Guide journalism. In doing so you're setting yourself future inequity claims when other stories happens. I'm sorry for the family's loss it's very tragic. I do hope that we learn more details about the How in this story so that it might be possible to prevent a future death.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:39 p.m.

Thank you Jen and Cindy. It was the right thing to do under these difficult circumstances.

John Maguire

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:10 p.m.

We appreciate the change of the title. Thank you.

Jen Eyer

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:06 p.m.

To those who are concerned about the headline, let me first say how very sorry I am for your loss, and for the loss to the community of this bright young student. We have treated this story and headline in the same way we have covered similar stories in the past, and in a manner that is accepted practice in the news industry. When we report on a death, we write a headline that describes a bit about who the person is, and the manner in which they died. We don't use euphemisms like "passes away," and we don't simply state that someone died without giving any information about the manner of death. Some readers have said the story raises questions; we are certainly doing our best to try to get as much information as we can. At this point, what is in the story is all the authorities have given us. Cindy is currently working on an obituary to remember Lucina and who she was, so anyone who has memories to share can email her at

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:38 p.m.

"Some readers have said the story raises questions;" and for that you deleted least mine.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:27 p.m.

Your best falls well short. "Drowning Accident" would be sufficient. When the comments section speak, you should listen attentively, as their knowledge of journalism is superior to yours.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:08 p.m.

Shame on you and Cindy. Your best is not good enough.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:04 p.m.

Isn't it time for to respond to the simple request by those who loved her to change the headline of this article?


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:41 p.m.

Geez. Too young to die. You hear of babies drowning in the tub....but never adults. Very sad.

Wolf's Bane

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:39 p.m.

My deepest condolences. How does something like this happen? Will there be an investigation?


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:17 p.m.

This was a very tragic accident, as confirmed by a close friend of the family, and our hearts all go out to Lucina's family and friends. The last thing they need now is to read comments or have to answer questions from strangers or acquaintences speculating about what might have happened., as of this writing over 225 people have basically asked you to change the title of the article to something a little less sensational. Do you think you could follow your own advice to commenters in dealing with sensitive subjects, and accommodate this request? Thank you.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 1:45 p.m.


Annie Zirkel

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 1:28 p.m.

Adding our prayers and condolences. We are sorry for your loss and our own.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 12:11 p.m.

My prayers to the family and friends. I cannot imagine the pain they are feeling.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 11:42 a.m.

In my opinion the memorial video made by the friend of Lucina did a terrific job . Our prayers for Luncina's family and friends. A special thanks to the person ('s) who made the video.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 11:38 a.m.

My heart goes out to this family.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 8:07 a.m.

That's heart breaking, simply heart breaking.

Woman in Ypsilanti

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:26 a.m.

I guess this is yet another example that life is just not fair. This is such a tragedy. My deepest condolences to all who knew her.

John Maguire

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:05 a.m.

As a friend of Lucina's, and on the behalf of many of her very good friends, we are requesting that the title of this article be changed to "Skyline High School student passes away", or something similar. The way it is worded currently has caused some confusion, and has seemingly led some to believe this was purposeful, and others feel it is simply a tad insensitive. We would appreciate it if this was fixed.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:48 a.m.

My heart breaks for her family - may your faith, friends and family surround you with peace and love. God bless you all.

Kara H

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:15 a.m.

I've known Lucina through my daughter since she and her mom moved here. She was a great kid--smart, sweet, with a dry sense of humor and more maturity than you'd expect from a teenager. She made my daughter's life richer and I was truly excited to see who she'd be as an adult. I mourn both her family's loss and all of ours.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:06 a.m.

So sorry for the family to have to experience such a tragedy. I didnt know her, but any child taken is a tremendous loss. :( My thoughts go out to this family.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:06 a.m.

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable. - Erich Fromm (1900–1980), U.S. psychologist. Man for Himself, ch. 4 (1947). May Lucina's family and friends treasure their memories of her and the experiences they shared with her.

Anthony Clark

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:42 a.m.

Oh this is just devastating. I didn't know Lucinda, but this makes me so terribly sad. Her family and friends have my deepest sympathy.

Anthony Clark

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:32 a.m.

*Oh yes, so sorry.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:44 a.m.


Jennifer Hernandez

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:40 a.m.

How sad! thoughts and prayers to her family and friends!

Kai Petainen

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:36 a.m.

=( prayers/thoughts with the family.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:22 a.m.

<a href="" rel='nofollow'>;feature=channel_video_title</a> (memorial video made by a friend)


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:22 p.m.

Thank you Beth for sharing your memories of Lucina with us. It is a beautiful tribute to her. May you have peace.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

Beautiful tribute to a beautiful young lady.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 3:10 a.m.

Thank you for posting that link. I did not know her but the video touched my heart.