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Tributes for the Year 7 boy who collapsed and died at Shoeburyness High School last Monday have started to pour in. Bouquets of flowers can be seen propped up against the school’s central entrance sign outside of the main building which also included notes dedicated to the boy left behind by other students from the school.

According to the Mirror, heartbroken friends of the young student described their pal on social media posts as “the sweetest and most energetic person ever”. Although still not formally identified, many who have known the boy showed their grief and sympathies on several social media platforms.

On TikTok, a girl wrote, “Poor ***** his friend and family didn’t deserve this.”

The notes left amongst the flowers also included dedications from students who are not acquainted with the boy but felt the need to express their sympathies.

One such note read: "I didn't know you but I hope you rest in peace".

Another wrote: “Fly High!”

Following the tragic incident, Southend City Council said it will continue to provide support to the school as they work closely with the police.

"The council was informed of a medical emergency at Shoeburyness High School yesterday afternoon and has been working with the school and Essex Police to support the school community,” a Council spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Essex Police said they will retain the placement of officers in the school as they continue to conduct inquiries about the incident. They assured, however, that no weapon was involved in the boy’s sudden and unexplained death.

“We will continue to investigate the circumstances into the boy’s death and will work with the school tomorrow. 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.”

Commander Ian Hughes of the Essex Police 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.”

In an email sent to parents on the afternoon of the incident, the school administration described it as a “serious but isolated incident on the school field at lunchtime.”

The school council maintained correspondence with local councilors stating the boy had suffered a heart attack and assured them that he was immediately attended to at the scene by the Essex Herts Air Ambulance.

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