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Teen's Hanging Death at School Under Investigation

April 04, 2002

Police said they are investigating the apparent accidental hanging death of a 15-year-old playing a prank in the Alhambra High School music room as students and teachers were nearby.

Gregory Taggart died Saturday at Childrens Hospital. He had been in a coma since he hanged himself with a guitar strap in the music room's storage area March 27.

Alhambra police officials said the sophomore was playing a joke in which he simulated a hanging. Police said they are trying to determine whether students or school officials were negligent.

School officials declined to comment.

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