School pays trib­ute af­ter death of teen

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @ETADAMU

PUPILS at a city sec­ondary school have been left shocked and sad­dened by the death of one of their class­mates.

Thomas Dea­con Academy Year Nine pupil Aisha Ali sadly died in hospi­tal on Tues­day, May 15, af­ter bat­tling a se­ries of health prob­lems.

Staff and pupils at the school have expressed their shock at her death and have opened up a Book of Con­do­lence giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to pay trib­ute to the 14-year-old.

Lisa Lloyd, the stu­dent achieve­ment leader at the academy’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions col­lege, said that Aisha had been in hospi­tal since Easter and is thought to have suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure.

The school paid trib­ute to a “shin­ing light”, with Ms Lloyd say­ing that although Aisha had been in and out of hospi­tal on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, her friends had al­ways ex­pected her to come back.

Aisha joined the Thomas Dea­con Academy in 2009 and was de­scribed by Ms Lloyd as hav­ing “great hu­mour and courage”.

She said: “Aisha was a shin­ing light at the Thomas Dea­con Academy from the mo­ment that she joined us in 2009.

“She was al­ways en­thu­si­as­tic and put her life and soul into all that she did. Aisha was in­volved in the school’s com­mu­nity and al­ways tack­led things head on; the picture shows her cre­at­ing and mar­ket­ing cards as part of her Ex­tended Learn­ing Project.

“Aisha al­ways showed great hu­mour, courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“She would never be held back by any­thing and al­ways saw the sunny side of life; we felt that we could all learn from this pos­i­tive ap­proach to life!

“She will re­main in the thoughts of us all.”

The school is cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with Aisha’s fam­ily about the pos­si­bil­ity of a com­mem­o­ra­tion gesture or event to her mem­ory.

Ms Lloyd said that Aisha had on­go­ing health prob­lems and that while her friends had been hopeful of her re­turn, she never re­cov­ered af­ter be­ing hos­pi­talised at Easter.

She said: “She was poorly and so her go­ing into hospi­tal was a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, but her class­mates al­ways ex­pected that she would be well again so it was a shock for ev­ery­one.

“Ob­vi­ously her friends are re­ally down about it. We have the Book of Con­do­lence set up but we’re talk­ing with her fam­ily about do­ing some­thing longer-term.”

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