School mourns loss of much-loved Lu­cas

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - CAMPBELL GELLIE

SHOCKED stu­dents yes­ter­day paid trib­ute to a Gold Coast teenager who died in class from an ap­par­ent car­diac ar­rest.

Tears flowed as young­sters were joined by staff and par­ents at a memo­rial to Lu­cas Mil­lott out­side Ormeau Woods State High School.

A stream of stunned stu­dents came from their class­rooms to post emo­tional mes­sages of re­spect for the 15-year-old above a large col­lec­tion of flow­ers.

“Words can­not de­scribe how I feel about los­ing one of my best mates,” one wrote.

“I love Lu­cas with all my heart and he will never be for­got­ten. I prom­ise.

“Too young. Too soon.” An­other trib­ute read: “PLEASE COME BACK!”

“I need you more than you even know.

“I hope you are at peace though and I swear I will pray ev­ery sin­gle day to you, and I will never forget you.

“I LOVE YOU LU­CAS.” At one stage, a cou­ple be­lieved to be Lu­cas’ par­ents walked through the crowd and placed a pho­to­graph of him on the school sign.

The teen died sud­denly while in class on Thurs­day.

Act­ing prin­ci­pal Dan Finn said the school com­mu­nity was deeply shocked and sad­dened by the tragic pass­ing of the Year 10 stu­dent.

“Our sin­cer­est thoughts and sym­pa­thies are with the stu­dent’s fam­ily and friends at this tragic time,” he said.

“Lu­cas was an en­thu­si­as­tic, lov­ing, friendly young man who will be greatly missed by the Ormeau Woods State High School com­mu­nity.

“Sup­port will be pro­vided to stu­dents and staff at the school where re­quired, and guid­ance coun­sel­lors will pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port for as long as it is needed.

“As a com­mu­nity, we will rally to­gether and can best hon­our Lu­cas’ mem­ory by re­spect­ing the pri­vacy of his fam­ily in this their time of grief.”

Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vices paramedics were called to he school on Gold­mine Rd, Ormeau, around 11.35am on Thurs­day.

“Upon ar­rival paramedics lo­cated a pa­tient in car­diac ar­rest suf­fer­ing from a med­i­cal con­di­tion,” a QAS spokesman said.

He said by­standers pro­vided CPR and the teenager was trans­ported to Gold Coast Univer­sity Hospi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, but died later.

Pic­tures: CAMPBELL GELLIE

Ormeau Woods State High School stu­dents and staff gather yes­ter­day for trib­utes to Lu­cas Mil­lott (inset) who died at school on Thurs­day.

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