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Schoolgirl, 14, dies in hospital after collapsing during a PE class

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A HIGH school student who collapsed while running an 800m race on Thursday afternoon has died in hospital, The Sun reports.  The 14-year-old girl was a pupil at Calderhead High School in Shotts, North Lanarkshire.

The second-year student, named locally as Keira Beagle, was airlifted to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh following the incident, but died shortly afterwards. Scottish police are treating the death as unexplained, but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

Following the incident, a spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said: “We can confirm that around 2.25pm, police and other emergency services were called to a report of a 14-year-old girl being taken unwell in Calderhead High School, Shotts.

“The girl was being taken by heli-med to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for treatment. Sadly, she died shortly afterwards. “The death is being treated as unexplained, however there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

“A postmortem will be carried out in due course to establish the exact cause of death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

Meanwhile, headteacher John Robertson told of the grief washing over the school: “Everyone within our school community is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of one of our S2 pupils. “At this time, all our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family and friends.

“We will provide our young people at Calderhead with our full support to help them at this most difficult time,” he added.  Alex Neil, the MSP for Airdrie and Shotts tweeted his shock following the student’s death: “Absolutely shocked and saddened by news of the passing of a Calderhead High pupil. My thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Neil Grey, the Westminster MP for the constituency, also wrote: “Absolutely devastating news, so sorry to hear this. Thoughts with the family and friends at Calderhead.”

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