Schoolgirl dies during PE lesson

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A SCHOOL community is in mourning today following the sudden death of an 15-year-old pupil yesterday afternoon.

Lily Webster, a Year 11 student from Stowmarket High School, became dizzy during a PE trampoline lesson at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, next to the school in Gainsborough Road.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said a response doctor, an ambulance, two rapid response cars and the East Anglian Air Ambulance attended the leisure centre after being alerted at 2.30pm.

But Lily was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “She felt a bit dizzy and was taken ill and teachers tried to help her before paramedics arrived but, tragically, she passed away.”

The council spokeswoman said Lily’s peers and teachers were in ‘a serious state of shock’ and that educational psychologists would be visiting the school today to speak with those affected.

Headteacher Keith Penn said the whole school community was ‘shocked and deeply saddened’ by Lily’s ‘tragic and sudden death’.

He said: “Popular, active, bright and with a very wide circle of friends, Lily will be desperately missed by students and staff at the school and all those who knew her. All our thoughts and prayers are with her family and close friends at this time.”

Fellow pupil Nadene Chandler tweeted: “Yesterday at school we lost a beautiful girl. RIP Lily Webster.”

“Life can be ripped away from you so quickly. Its sad that sometimes it’s taken from the nicest of people. RIP Lily Webster,” tweeted Lisa Stringer.

For full story, see Friday’s Bury Free Press.