14-year-old schoolboy dies after suffering a severe asthma attack while in detention in school

A 14-year-old asthmatic boy has died after falling ill after he was given all-day detention for tipping over a bin at school.

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Nasar Ahmed, a year nine pupil at Bow School in Tower Hamlets, east London, collapsed last Thursday after telling staff at the school he needed his inhaler.

He was taken to the Royal London Hospital and placed on life support machine, which was switched off last night.

Friends of the young boy claimed that he became upset after being accused of tipping over the bin and pleaded with the teachers to let him off before suffering a severe asthma attack.

His family has released a heartbreaking photograph of the 14-year-old boy in a hospital bed and have called for a full investigation into events leading to his death.

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Friends also claimed on social media that he was ‘forcibly detained’ by one member of staff because two other boys had been fighting.

His cousin Sani Begum, 38, said: ‘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’.

Nasar was resuscitated and rushed to hospital where he was placed on a life support machine.

Ms Begum said: ‘He was on a life support machine, but he was badly brain-damaged. He was dead already, I would say, but the machine was keeping him alive.

‘Last night all the family were with him and we prayed together and then his life support machine was switched off at 8pm’.

Ms Begum also called for a full investigation into the death saying: ‘We want a full investigation into this. Nasar died in school in that detention. Why was his plea not listened to?’.

A statement released by the executive head teacher of the school, 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.”

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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