The management of Chrisland Schools has narrated how Whitney Adeniran, a 12-year-old student, slumped and died during their inter-house sports competition.
The school in a statement on Sunday mourned the demise of the girl, which it said occurred on Thursday.
“The management and staff of Chrisland Schools Limited, with a deep sense of loss, announce the death of our precious student, Whitney Adeniran; whose painful exit occurred on Thursday, February 9th, 2023,” the statement said.
The school said it was heartbroken and distressed, as Whitney was one of its Day students who opted not to participate in the inter-house sports match past for reasons “we were not very sure of.”
“However, on discretion, we respected her decision to err on the side of caution, because on January 20, 2023, it is in our records that she had complained about not-too-buoyant health and we immediately contacted her parents.
“Her father, Mr Michael Adeniran, came to the school to take her home. We emphasised to her parents to take a critical look at her,” the management explained.
According to Chrisland, Whitney slumped in public view and not under any hidden circumstances, saying that she was rushed to the nearest medical facility for first aid.
The school added that its immediate response was to take advantage of proximity to first-aid, by identifying the nearest medical facility to take her to, where the doctor on duty, administered oxygen and every aid possible on her.
The management explained that it immediately notified regulatory stakeholders and agencies to allow for a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of the developments.
It said in spite of the compelling imperatives to fill any information gaps in public space, the school stopped short of making any media sensation out of this, because the deceased in question, was minor and deserving of its unqualified respect.
“We also prioritised respect for the privacy of the family and were with them consistently, to mourn together. This is a painful loss for all of us,” it said.
The school said it would resist any urge to join issues on her treasured memory, in media trends.