Schoolboy, 16, dies after being struck by cricket ball in playground during lunch hour

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Schoolboy, 16, dies after being struck by cricket ball in playground during lunch hour

Post by Nems Again on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:12 am

A boy of 16 died yesterday after being hit by a cricket ball thrown by a fellow pupil.
Friends and teachers rushed to help Kyle Rees when he suffered the blow to the side of his head while in the school playground.
The year 11 pupil collapsed and was taken to hospital unconscious, dying a day later with his mother, Tanya Cooper, by his side.
Immediately after the incident at lunchtime on Monday police cordoned off the school and interviewed potential witnesses.
They arrested a 16-year-old on suspicion of manslaughter and released him on bail yesterday.
Christine Shave, who is the mother of Miss Cooper’s former partner Martin Beale, said the news had devastated the family.
‘As far as I know it was an accident at school,’ she added.
‘Somebody threw a cricket ball which hit Kyle on the head and he got a haemorrhage.
‘I can’t imagine it being anything other than a tragic accident.’
Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, headmistress of Portchester School, a 766-pupil specialist sports college in Bournemouth, said Kyle was a talented young man.

Tributes to Kyle Rees began piling up outside his school following the news of his death in the freak accident

Tragic: Schoolboy Kyle Rees, 16, 'was very popular with his peers and was expected to do well in his GCSEs this summer'
‘Students and staff are devastated by this terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers are very much with the boy’s family and friends,’ she added.
‘Our focus must be providing as much support as possible to our close-knit school community as we all try to come to terms with what has happened.
‘The next few weeks and months are going to be emotionally testing for our students and staff, but we will be doing all we can for them.
‘The emergency services cannot be praised highly enough for their prompt actions at the time, and we also pay tribute to the outstanding medical help he received at hospital.'
At an appropriate time we will be celebrating his memory and life at school. He was a memorable and talented young man.
‘He was very popular with his peers and was due to do well in his GCSEs this summer.’
Pupil Tierney Tayla said: ‘Rest in peace Kyle, Avonborne and Portchester miss you already. Keep looking down on us because we won’t go a day without thinking about you.’
Kyle, who worked at the same language school in the summer holidays as his 42-year-old mother, had recently won a place on an engineering college course.

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A spokesman for Dorset Police confirmed that a teenager had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
'A 16-year-old boy has sadly died following an incident at Portchester School in Bournemouth,' he said.

Grief: Students and staff are said to be devastated at the schoolboy's death

Shocking: Kyle was struck by a hard cricket or hockey ball during lunch hour at Portchester School
HEADMISTRESS'S STATEMENT: 'IT'S DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHAT TO DO'
'Students and staff are devastated by this terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers are very much with the boy’s family and friends.
'It is difficult to know what to do for the best in these distressing circumstances but our focus must be providing as much support as possible to our close-knit school community as we all try to come to terms with what has happened.
'The next few weeks and months are going to be emotionally testing for our students and staff, but we will be doing all we can for them.
'We will also be fully assisting the authorities in their investigations. The emergency services cannot be praised highly enough for their prompt action at the time, and we also pay tribute to the outstanding medical help he received at hospital.
'At an appropriate time we will be celebrating his memory and life at school. He was a memorable and talented young man. He was very popular with his peers and was due to do well in his GCSEs this summer.
'When we are able to say more we will be only too pleased to give you further information. Until that time we ask that you leave our pupils and staff the space they need to start the healing process.
'A 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident, initially for an offence of assault and subsequently on suspicion of manslaughter.
'He has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.
'A police cordon is currently in place at the school while officers investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.
'Teachers and children have been helping police with their enquiries throughout the day.'
Police were only alerted at 7.30pm last night more than five hours after the incident at 2.10pm.
Kyle's mother's ex-partner Martin Beale was with her for 11 years until they split up last year and was described as ‘like a father’ to the boy.
Mr Beale’s mother Christine Shave, 54, from Bournemouth, today told of the family’s devastation.
She said: 'My son phoned me last night and told me the terrible news. He was in floods of tears. He was devastated; he is like a dad to Kyle. I think he had been called by Kyle’s mother last night and she told him the news.
'As far as I know it was an accident at school. Somebody threw a cricket ball which hit Kyle on the head and he got a haemorrhage. I can’t imagine it being anything other than a tragic accident.'
Portchester School is a specialist sports college that has 766 pupils aged between 11 and 16. It shares its grounds with neighbouring Avonbourne, an all-girls school.


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Arrested for manslaughter?! Reading the comments it seems people are concerned by the fact that a real cricket ball was being used. I have to say it is worrying when you see all the protection worn by professionals
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Re: Schoolboy, 16, dies after being struck by cricket ball in playground during lunch hour

Post by Guest on Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:30 pm

When I saw this headline I immediately assumed it was a sporting accident. Reports seem to be referring to a mass brawl affraid


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Re: Schoolboy, 16, dies after being struck by cricket ball in playground during lunch hour

Post by Nems Again on Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:33 pm

I know and thats more Aussie rules football.!

It is a terrible shame for a young life to be lost like that though
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Post by Guest on Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:35 pm

Nems Again wrote:I know and thats more Aussie rules football.!

It is a terrible shame for a young life to be lost like that though

Totally agree, one young life and many others will be affected as a result too Sad

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Post by Nems Again on Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:42 pm

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Totally agree, one young life and many others will be affected as a result too Sad

True, its such a shame
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Kyle Rees cricket ball death at Dorset school 'was accident'

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:06 pm

The death of a Dorset schoolboy who was struck on the head with a cricket ball was a "tragic accident", police said. Kyle Rees, a pupil at Portchester School in Bournemouth, suffered a head injury during a playground incident on 28 February.

A 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been released without charge.

Police said they were happy there was no criminality involved in the incident and were giving support to all parties.

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, headteacher at the school, said in a statement: "We welcome the police's full and thorough investigation and their conclusion into the cause of Kyle's death.

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"We now respectfully ask that our school community is left alone so that our students and staff can grieve in peace and begin the healing process."

Kyle's mother, Tanya Cooper, said in a statement issued through police earlier this week: "Words cannot be found to explain how much he loved us or how much love we have for him. Our lives will always be emptier without him. His energy, laughter, jokes, dancing and his smiles, kisses and cuddles will be eternally missed by us all."

In an inquest opened on Friday, Home Office forensic pathologist Russell Delaney gave the cause of death as a head injury but the court heard further laboratory investigations were continuing.

East Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne said the boy's death was now the subject of extensive investigations and adjourned the inquest until a later date.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-17291438

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