Metro-East News

Belleville East graduate drowns at Rolla’s Fugitive Beach

A recent graduate of Belleville High School East drowned Saturday afternoon at a beach in Rolla, Missouri, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Kalon D. Green, 18, was riding down a water slide at Fugitive Beach about 3 p.m., according to a highway patrol report. When he landed in the water, he failed to return to the surface. Lifeguards found him after several minutes and performed CPR, according to a post on the beach’s Facebook page, but they were unable to revive him. Green was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

Green graduated less than a month ago from Belleville East, according to Brett Isaacs, one of Green’s teachers. Green was a student in one of Isaacs’ work skills classes for high school seniors.

“He had a big smile and an infectious personality,” Isaacs said. “He had a ton of energy, a really good positive energy that could really kind of uplift a room.”

Isaacs called Green’s death a tragedy, and said the young man “had a lot of good life ahead of him.”

In a post to social media, beach managers said their “thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”

Fugitive Beach is a 25-acre former rock quarry that was turned into a swimming hole and tourist destination.