Boy, 12, dies after staircase fall at school in Norwich

2 Feb 2017

A 12-year-old boy has died nine days after falling from a staircase at a secondary school.

 

Michael Sousa was taken to hospital with a serious head injury following the fall at Jane Austen College in Norwich on 23 January, the day after his twelfth birthday.

 

The school's headteacher confirmed on Thursday he had died from his injuries.

 

Rebecca Handley Kirk said: "We are devastated by these events, and we send our thoughts and our love to Michael's family and friends.

 

"Michael had only joined us in September, but was already becoming a well-known student throughout the school, thanks to his lively personality.

 

"Michael enjoyed football, making jokes and being with his friends.

 

"These tragic events are upsetting for students, parents, and staff, but we will continue to support each other, as a strong and loving school community, and we will be making time to remember Michael in the days and weeks ahead."

 

Michael's cousin, Marcia de Sousa, wrote on Facebook: "He has been fighting for his life in hospital since but unfortunately today we had to say goodbye to him.

 

"On behalf of my family and Michael's parents, I want to thank everyone who has been praying for him and helping us and everyone who has him in their thoughts, thank you."

 

The air ambulance was called after the incident and took Michael to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

 

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive confirmed it was aware of the incident and it was assisting Norfolk Police.

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