Georgia teen drowns near Harvard University

A local teen drowned after jumping into a river to celebrate the end of summer classes at Harvard.

The jump into the Charles River was supposed to be a ritual for students at Harvard University in Massachusetts, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Tyler Greene, 18, had just graduated from East Paulding High School in May. He enrolled over the summer to study computer programming at Harvard.

His mother, Leonie Grant, said he was eager to return home to her and his sister in Paulding County.

“He has gone above and beyond to help me with his sister,” Grant told Channel 2.

Grant says her son was not a swimmer and may have misjudged the water’s depth.

“He did not realize that the water was actually that deep,” Grant said.

Grant says she is thankful that Greene’s generosity will continue to live on.

“Tyler was a kindhearted person,” Grant said. “He was a caring person, and even in death, because he was an organ donor. He’s still giving.”