The death of a Year 7 pupil at an Essex secondary school is being treated as “unexplained”, police have said.
Officers were called by the ambulance service just before 1.20pm yesterday over concerns for the welfare of a young boy at the school.
“Officers attended Shoeburyness High School, Caulfield Road, and met with paramedics who were dealing with a medical emergency,” a police spokesman said on Monday.
Despite the best efforts of the paramedics and school staff, Essex Police later confirmed the death of the boy.
The force are treating his death “as unexplained and a report will be prepared for the coroner”.
A school spokesperson told Sky News: “First aid was immediately given and the ambulance service were called. Both land and air ambulance services attended, along with Essex Police, due to the severity of the issue.”
The spokesperson has confirmed the incident “did not involve anyone else” and “no weapons of any kind were involved”.
They added: “Our thoughts are with the family at this time and along with the police we are doing everything we can to support them during this very difficult time. In line with this, we are not naming the child.
“The school is open this morning and specialist support has been brought in for both children and staff to access.”
District Commander Ian Hughes said: “I would like to offer my condolences to the boy’s family and we are doing everything we can to support them through this tragic and difficult time.
“Our officers remain at the school at this time to continue our inquiries.
“We will continue to investigate the circumstances into the boy’s death and will work with the school.
“We are aware of comments on social media, and we want to reassure the local community and parents of pupils at the school no knife was involved during this tragic incident.”