Popular deputy head ‘ trampled to death by cows’
A DEPUTY head teacher was killed while walking his dogs after apparently being trampled by a herd of cows.
It is not known exactly how David Clark came by his injuries.
But when an air ambulance was called to the scene at Richmond, North Yorks, the crew found there was nothing they could do to save him.
Pupils were in tears at Richmond School and Sixth Form College as his death was announced in a message to parents.
Popular David, who was in his 50s, was described by one parent as “one of the good guys”.
It is understood the married father was walking with his dogs off Hurgill Road on Monday evening when the incident happened.
Headteacher Jenna Potter said: “Dave was killed as a result of an accident as he walked his dogs in the countryside.
“Dave worked at Richmond School for 23 years and was the heart and soul of the school, taking such pride in his very important work.”
She added: “Dave was not only an admired colleague, he was also a much loved friend and member of the local community and I know that many of you, as parents, will have very fond memories of being taught by him.”
The headteacher said the school would celebrate his life at a later date.
Jenna added: “For now our thoughts are with Dave’s wife, children and wider family and on supporting our students.”
One parent said her son had told how pupils were upset, with many in tears. He added: “He was really popular, one of the good guys. It’s just incredibly sad. He’d been there forever – even when pupils had left he remembered their names and would ask how they were doing.”
It is understood Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics and the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter were called to the incident. An Air Ambulance spokesman said: “We were on scene at 6.55pm with a doctor and paramedic on board but we didn’t airlift anyone.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, David was educated at Jordanhill College in Glasgow and was a keen cyclist, swimmer and rugby coach.