Parents Threaten To Boycott Birmingham’s Mayfield Special School After Student Dies
Parents at a Birmingham special school have threatened a student boycott unless ‘they get answers’ into how a pupil tragically died after an accident.
The 15-year-old seriously disabled youngster, named as Muhammed, suffered fatal injuries after falling down a flight of stairs at Mayfield School in Lozells.
Paramedics were called to the Wheeler Street site just after midday on Friday, and the teenager was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Sadly, he passed away on Tuesday after suffering severe neck and spinal chord injuries.
Relative Yasmin Hussain paid tribute to the ‘beautiful and delightful’ teenager. She said: “This child was a family member, and he was blind and wheelchair bound, it’s absolutely disgusting what happened to this beautiful boy, the family needs answers….
“He was so beautiful and absolutely delightful he shall be missed loads. R.I.P. Muhammad you are with the angels in heaven.”
Now concerned parents are demanding a meeting with school bosses after they received a letter this morning about the tragedy.
Mrs Begum, from Perry Barr, said she would not be sending her nine-year-old son back to school until ‘we have been given some answers’.
“We got a text message yesterday saying that the school would be closed tomorrow, because of an incident that had happened on Friday, that caused the death of a child,” said the 33-year-old.
“It said because of respect to the child, that the school would be closing for the day.
“I called the school and asked to talk to the headteacher, and was told that they would get back to me.
“Parents are really concerned, which is natural when you are leaving your child in someone else’s responsibility.
“I send my son to school there every day, who has severe physical disabilities. My son is in a wheelchair and we are not sending him back until we get some answers.
She added: “We are asking for an evening meeting together to get the reassurances we need that our children will be safe.
“We just want some answers.”
The school declined to comment.
But in a statement Colin Diamond, executive director for education at Birmingham City Council, said: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of a student at Mayfield School following a tragic incident at the school on Friday.
“We send our condolences to his family and will do all we can to support them at this extremely difficult time.
“We are working closely with staff to support the school and its community and are also working with all agencies, including the police, while the circumstances of this tragic event are fully investigated.”