School­boy dies after de­ten­tion ill­ness

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A school­boy has died after he was taken ill dur­ing de­ten­tion at an east Lon­don school.

Nasar Ahmed, 14, who had se­vere asthma, was re­ported ill last Thurs­day at Bow School in Tower Ham­lets. He died on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

A post-mortem will take place and the coro­ner has been in­formed. The Met said his death was be­ing treated as un­ex­plained.

The boy’s un­cle said he was in de­ten­tion with his friends after lunch.

He said Nasar com­plained he felt ill and asked to get his in­haler.

He said the school then called an am­bu­lance and his nephew was taken to the Royal Lon­don Hos­pi­tal.

Tower Ham­lets Coun­cil, which is speak­ing on be­half of the school, said there was a care plan in place which ad­dressed Nasar’s med­i­cal con­di­tion.

A spokes­woman said he was in su­per­vised de­ten­tion with three oth­ers in a ground-floor room.

A state­ment from ex­ec­u­tive head teacher Cath Smith said: “I am very sad to con­firm one of our Year 9 pupils, who was taken ill at school last Thurs­day, has passed away in hos­pi­tal.

“The whole school com­mu­nity sends our thoughts and prayers to him, and to his fam­ily.

“We will con­tinue to of­fer sup­port to the fam­ily, his fel­low pupils and teach­ers at this very dif­fi­cult time.

“We will, of course, co­op­er­ate fully with in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cir­cum­stances of this tragic in­ci­dent and will also carry out a thor­ough re­view of what hap­pened our­selves.” So­cial ser­vices have been in­formed. The school’s lat­est Of­sted re­port said it was judged to be “good and im­prov­ing”.

It said sig­nif­i­cantly more stu­dents were from mi­nor­ity eth­nic back­grounds than in most schools, with the largest group of Bangladeshi ori­gin.

More than three quar­ters of stu­dents were el­i­gi­ble for the pupil pre­mium, ad­di­tional fund­ing to raise the at­tain­ment of dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents.

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