Asthmatic schoolboy dies after being put in detention

Nasar Ahmed

A 14-year-old asthmatic boy with special needs has died after being put in detention at a school in Tower Hamlets, East London.

The Mail Online reports that Nasar Ahmed, who was in year nine at Bow School, fell ill last Thursday after telling staff he needed his inhaler.

Nasar was taken to the Royal London Hospital and was put on a life support machine, which was switched off at 8pm last night.

Friends and family claim he was wrongly put in detention for accidentally tipping over a bin, and became very upset as he pleaded to be let off before having a panic attack and collapsing.

His cousin Sani Begum, 38, told Mail Online: “Nasar was isolated and given a detention because of an overturned bin. It’s not clear he even did it. He had severe asthma, eczema and other allergies the school know about. He told staff that he was feeling unwell and needed his inhaler. He was panicking. He collapsed. His father was called in and found him on the floor and the paramedics were treating him and said his heart and breathing had stopped.”

Bow School, Tower Hamlets
Bow School, Tower Hamlets

Ms Begum says the family are still speaking with police and say that a teacher and students have been interviewed.

She said: “We want a full investigation into this. Nasar died in school in that detention. Why was his plea not listened to? We do not want any parents to go through what we have.”

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Bow School has said its “thoughts and prayers” are with Nasar and his family, but added there had been “considerable misinformation” about the events leading to his death.

Headteacher Cath Smith said: ‘I am very sad to confirm that one of our Year 9 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, cooperate fully with investigations into the circumstances of this tragic incident and will also carry out a thorough review of what happened ourselves.”

Scotland Yard have been called in and say the death is currently “unexplained.”

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

“On Monday, 14 November the 14-year-old boy died. His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course. The Coroner has been informed. The death is being treated as unexplained at this time. Officers from Tower Hamlets are conducting a number of enquiries in relation to the incident and the investigation is ongoing.”

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