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Police probe 'unexplained' death of boy, 14, who fell ill in school detention

Published 15/11/2016

The boy's death is being investigated by Metropolitan Police.
The boy's death is being investigated by Metropolitan Police.

The death of a 14-year-old boy who fell ill at school while in detention is being investigated by police.

Nasar Ahmed, a year nine pupil at Bow School in east London, was taken to the Royal London Hospital after becoming unwell last Thursday, Scotland Yard said. He died at at the hospital on Monday, with his death currently being treated as unexplained by officers.

The BBC reported that the boy was severely asthmatic. It is understood that he was in an exclusion group with three other pupils, doing school work under a teacher's supervision, when he began to have problems breathing and a 999 call was made.

In a statement the school's executive headteacher, Cath Smith, said: "I am very sad to confirm that one of our year nine 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, co-operate fully with investigations into the circumstances of this tragic incident and will also carry out a thorough review of what happened ourselves."

Bow School is a mixed secondary school with around 500 students aged 11 to 18.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "We were informed on Sunday November 13 that a child was being treated in an east London hospital after being taken unwell at a school in Tower Hamlets on Thursday November 10.

"On Monday November 14 the 14-year-old boy died. His next of kin have been informed.

"The death is being treated as unexplained at this time."

She added that a post-mortem examination would be carried out.

Its last Ofsted inspection gave it a Good rating in 2013. It changed its name from the Bow School of Maths and Computing to Bow School in February 2013 and moved to its current site in Twelvetrees Close in 2014.

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