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Statement re Marriotts School in Stevenage

30 Apr 2021

Sadly, we are aware that a number of disturbing rumours are circulating regarding the incident at Marriotts School in Stevenage yesterday afternoon (Thursday 29 April).

As a result, we are having to set the record straight, to prevent any further upset to the family involved and wider school community, who are understandably devastated by what has happened.

As has already been widely explained by police, the incident was a medical episode, where a pupil became suddenly unwell and unresponsive. She was taken to hospital but, despite the best efforts of all involved, she sadly passed away.

Specialist officers immediately attended and carried out enquiries into what had happened. The school were fully cooperative throughout and remain in contact with police.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious and rumours suggesting that there was any third-party involvement are completely untrue.

We are aware that much of the speculation has risen from the fact that armed officers were present. These units were simply there due to the fact they happened to be nearby at the time and have specialist first aid skills. When an emergency such as this occurs, available officers - regardless of their normal duties - will always attend so that they can do their best for those in need. They were not there in an armed response capacity and pupils were not in danger at any time.

We would once again urge people to please refrain from speculating on social media about what happened.

This is a tragic incident which has already caused unimaginable pain and these rumours are only causing further heartache.

We continue to provide support to the family and the school.

Thank you.

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