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Dying boy made to sit out in school corridor

Five members of staff have been suspended after a boy died after being made to sit in a school corridor during an asthma attack.

Sam Linton (11) died after neglect at Offerton High School, in Stockport, “significantly contributed” to his death, an inquest jury ruled. He was seen wheezing and using his inhaler for three hours but school staff did not call 999. When his mother was called to take him to hospital he was grey and his lips blue. He died in hospital on December 4, 2007.

Stockport Council said yesterday that five staff had been suspended while an internal inquiry was carried out.

The jury at Stockport Coroner's Court ruled last week that Sam's death was due to natural causes, but was “significantly contributed to” by neglect by the school on an “individual and systemic level”. The jury said Offerton High School had failed to implement an in-school asthma policy, train staff in dealing with asthma, keep a healthcare plan, share information with staff about Sam's asthma attacks or monitor the boy's condition on the day of his death.

Sam's parents, Paul and Karen Linton, want stronger implementation of first aid procedures at the school. Mr Linton said the council's move was a “knee-jerk reaction” and was too little, too late.

Stockport Council said in a statement that the school had introduced practices for dealing with pupils with asthma following Sam's death.

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