A 17-year-old Te Aute College boy has collapsed and died in
the school hostel following an asthma attack.
The boy, who has not been named, died yesterday morning.
The Central Hawkes Bay college's acting principal William
Adams and its Commissioner Elizabeth Ellis said the year 12
boy had notified hostel staff that he had a serious asthma
attack and an ambulance was summoned immediately.
He collapsed prior to the ambulance arrival. Although the
paramedics worked on him for 45 minutes he was unable to be
Mr Adams said that ambulance staff, police and Victims
Support had all been of huge assistance. He, and the whole
school community were grateful for their efforts.
Mr Adams said that the boy was part of a really strong family
who are great supporters of the school. "They and the rest of
the school are devastated by this. He is a lovely boy with
lots of friends at every level of the school. He has two
young brothers at Te Aute College."
Commissioner Elizabeth Ellis said: "In the circumstances we
ask that media respect our privacy as we deal with losing a
terrific young man."
- Hawke's Bay Today