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Ballinteer school issues statement on recent ‘tragic event’

The Principal of Ballinteer Educate Together National School, Orlaith Curran, has released a statement in relation to what she descibeds as the “recent tragic event” in Ballinteer.

“We learned yesterday of the deaths of two of our students, Faizan Syed and Asfira Riza and their mother Seema,” she said. ” This is a terrible tragedy for their family, our school and our community. We are deeply saddened by these devastating events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the children’s family and friends.

“Faizan Syed was in First Class and his sister Asfira was in Sixth Class. They will both be greatly missed by all who knew them.

Offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated,” Ms Curran added.

“Our school has implemented our Critical Incident Management Plan. Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been with us today supporting and advising our school staff in preparation for the return of our students from the mid-term break.”

The Educate Together national office added: “It is with great shock and sadness that Educate Together marks the awful tragedy that took place this week in Ballinteer.

“The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) is working with Ballinteer Educate Together National School, offering advice to school staff in preparation for the return to school after the mid-term break.

“Words fall short of expressing the shock and profound sadness many are feeling when thinking about the children and family affected. Our hearts are with the family, friends and classmates of the bereaved.”

The statement adds that the school will be making “no further comment at this time”.


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