Teen dies after playground incident at West Lothian school

A 14-year-old student has died following an incident between two pupils at St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn, West Lothian. Emergency services were called to the school on Tuesday afternoon, and the teenager was taken to the hospital but passed away shortly after. Detectives convened with education authorities on Wednesday morning to discuss the tragic event, while fellow students receive emotional support.

Contrary to social media speculation, police sources have confirmed that the incident was not part of an “online challenge” or a “tap out” game. Although Sky News reports that there is “no criminality” involved, Police Scotland has declined to comment as investigations continue. A spokesperson for the force stated that the boy’s family has been informed, and enquiries are ongoing to determine the full circumstances of the death.

St Kentigern’s Academy, where singer Lewis Capaldi was once a student, previously described the event as an “isolated incident.” Headteacher Andrew Sharkey said that emotional support and signposting have been established for students and staff affected by the tragedy. He also requested respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time and confirmed that the school is assisting relevant authorities.

Local MSP Fiona Hyslop expressed her deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased student, stressing the importance of privacy and support for those affected. She also pledged to help the community through this difficult situation in her capacity as their MSP. West Lothian councillors Jim Dickson and Mary Dickson said they were “devastated” alongside the community and offered their thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the young boy.

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