Head is­sues mov­ing trib­ute

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

THE head­teacher of St John Lloyd Catholic Com­pre­hen­sive in Llanelli has is­sued a mov­ing trib­ute to pupil Bradley John who died af­ter an in­ci­dent at the school.

In an open let­ter is­sued to all pupils on Fri­day, Ashley How­ells called Bradley a “po­lite, co­op­er­a­tive and ar­tic­u­late young man.”

The 14-year-old died in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing taken there from the school on Wed­nes­day.

Pupils and staff have since re­ceived spe­cial­ist sup­port from DyfedPowys Po­lice, af­ter an as­sem­bly was called on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to in­form pupils about Bradley’s death.

Flow­ers which were placed out­side the school gates have since been moved to a me­mo­rial gar­den within the school grounds.

In his let­ter Mr How­ells said: “As you are aware from the joint press re­lease is­sued by the school and Dyfed-Powys Po­lice ear­lier this week, one of our Year 10 pupils, Bradley John, trag­i­cally died as a re­sult of an in­ci­dent that oc­curred within the school on Wed­nes­day.

“A joint po­lice and coroner’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. I want to re­as­sure fam­i­lies that there is no sus­pi­cion of a crim­i­nal act, no sus­pi­cion of foul play, no­body else was in­volved and, con­trary to some re­ports, no weapons or firearms were in­volved.

“Whilst tragic events such as this can­not be pre­pared for, I must pay trib­ute to how the pupils and staff have con­ducted them­selves over the last 48 hours.

“As you know, St John Lloyd is a small, close-knit com­mu­nity and it is the bonds be­tween staff, pupils and par­ents that have pro­vided us with the most com­fort in re­cent days.

“We are all deeply af­fected by what has hap­pened, but we are try­ing for the sake of the pupils to keep the school run­ning as nor­mal as pos­si­ble over the com­ing days.

“On Thurs­day, pupils and staff were able to ac­cess spe­cial­ist sup­port from a wide range of staff in­clud­ing the school coun­sel­lor, the lo­cal au­thor­ity ed­u­ca­tional psy­chol­o­gist, Mrs Lawrence, head of RE, Mrs Evans, head of well­be­ing and pas­toral care and her team, Mrs Grif­fiths, the school youth worker, mem­bers of the school chap­laincy team and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists.

“Sup­port has con­tin­ued to­day and will re­main in place for the start of next week. With the week­end ahead, how­ever, it is likely that your child might want to talk about what has hap­pened at home and will need your re­as­sur­ance at this dif­fi­cult time.

“In ad­di­tion to what the school has al­ready pro­vided, I have in­cluded the con­tact de­tails of a num­ber of sup­port agen­cies that might be of use to you at the end of this let­ter.

“I also want to pay trib­ute to Bradley’s par­ents, sis­ter and wider fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time for the im­mense courage and dig­nity they have shown through­out. The whole school com­mu­nity sends them our sin­cer­est sym­pa­thy and sup­port.

“Fi­nally, it is only ap­pro­pri­ate that our fi­nal trib­ute goes to Bradley him­self.

“Bradley joined St John Lloyd at the end of Year 7 and over the last two years had be­come a well­known mem­ber of the school com­mu­nity with an ex­cel­lent at­ten­dance record.

“Bradley was a po­lite, co­op­er­a­tive and ar­tic­u­late young man who was happy to help staff and pro­vide sup­port for his friends and peers. He would talk at length about his love of the out­doors, his horses and his love of all things me­chan­i­cal.

“It was also ob­vi­ous how much his sis­ter, Danielle, meant to him and how much Bradley meant to her. Bradley was a gifted pupil with so much to of­fer and St John Lloyd will be a poorer place without him.

“Please ac­cept my heart­felt thanks for all the mes­sages of sup­port and prayers we have re­ceived from par­ents, for­mer pupils and the wider com­mu­nity.”

Friends of Bradley’s fam­ily, who are keen “clean-boot” hunt­ing en­thu­si­asts, have started the #Blow­forBradley so­cial me­dia cam­paign in mem­ory of him.

A Just­Giv­ing page has also been set up to sup­port his fam­ily.

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