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Boy, 14, died of ‘natural causes after being ‘put in a chokehold’ in the playground

Police in Scotland have reported the death of a 14-year-old boy due to “natural causes” at St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn, West Lothian. Concerns for the teenager prompted officers to be called to the school, where he passed away on Tuesday. A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as natural.

Following the tragic incident, the family of the deceased, identified as Hamdan Aslam, released a statement on social media requesting the removal of speculative posts related to his death. They emphasized that it was a matter of God’s will.

Andrew Sharkey, the Headteacher of St Kentigern’s Academy, expressed his condolences and described Hamdan as an exemplary student who would be greatly missed by the school community. He praised Hamdan’s academic dedication, amiable personality, and close friendships. Sharkey added that Hamdan was always polite, well-mannered, and had a radiant smile. The school will continue to provide support to students while respecting the privacy of Hamdan’s family, according to the Daily Mail.

Staff members at the school reportedly attempted CPR on Hamdan, who was feeling unwell, before his passing. Floral tributes have been placed by friends in his memory, mourning the loss of their beloved schoolmate. Heartfelt messages accompanied the tributes, expressing love, admiration, and the everlasting impact Hamdan had on their lives.

Hamdan’s cousin, Zain Mohammed, described him as a gentle and family-oriented boy, emphasizing that he was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

In response to suspicions and rumors circulating on social media, Hamdan’s family issued a plea to cease such discussions. They requested the removal of posts, highlighting the detrimental effect it has on the children, teachers, and their grieving families. The family expressed gratitude to Hamdan’s teachers and friends for their efforts to save his life, acknowledging the profound trauma they all experienced as a result of this tragic loss.

Ashlie is a senior reporter for the TosBos News. She covers live and breaking news from 6 am every day. Ashlie joined the M.E.N. in 2019 having previously worked for Cavendish Press news agency.


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