Kyle Rees tragedy: 16-year-old arrested

TRIBUTES: Flowers and messages left at Portchester School

TRIBUTES: Flowers and messages left at Portchester School

First published in News

PUPILS gathered in quiet tribute to their tragic classmate Kyle Rees as they arrived at Portchester School on Wednesday morning.

As the media looked on, youngsters surrounded the mass of flowers outside the school before classes began for the day.

They hugged and consoled each other as a quiet atmosphere descended over the school gates.

The 16-year-old boy died following an incident at Portchester School in Bournemouth.

Police were called at approximately 7.30pm on Monday, following an incident earlier in the day at the school in which student Kyle Rees sustained a serious head injury.

Following the incident, which is believed to have occurred at approximately 2.10pm, Kyle was taken by ambulance to Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

He was later transferred to Southampton General Hospital where he passed away today, Tuesday 28 February. Next of kin are aware and the coroner has been informed.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident, initially for an offence of assault and subsequently on suspicion of manslaughter. He has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

A police cordon is currently in place at the school while officers investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

Teachers and children have been helping police with their enquiries throughout the day.

Kim Drake, Service Director for Children’s Social Care, Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “We have set up a counselling service at the school to offer pupils, staff and parents support following this tragic incident at the school and we are currently working with both the school and the police with their investigation.”

The local Safeguarding Children's Board has been informed.

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, Executive Head of Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, said: "Students and staff are devastated by this terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers are very much with the boy's family and friends.

"It is difficult to know what to do for the best in these distressing circumstances but our focus must be providing as much support as possible to our close-knit school community as we all try to come to terms with what has happened.

"The next few weeks and months are going to be emotionally testing for our students and staff, but we will be doing all we can for them.

"We are also fully assisting the authorities with their investigations.

"The emergency services cannot be praised highly enough for their prompt actions at the time, and we also pay tribute to the outstanding medical help he received at hospital.

"At an appropriate time we will be celebrating his memory and life at school. He was a memorable and talented young man. He was very popular with his peers and was due to do well in his GCSEs this summer."

Comments on this story have been closed, but you can leave your messages for Kyle and his family on our tribute page here.

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8:00pm Tue 28 Feb 12

puglove says...

Thoughts are with his family xx
Thoughts are with his family xx puglove
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8:20pm Tue 28 Feb 12

twynham says...

So, so sad.
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If the Echo are going to allow comments on this tragic event, let's all show some humanity.
So, so sad. . If the Echo are going to allow comments on this tragic event, let's all show some humanity. twynham
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8:32pm Tue 28 Feb 12

manana says...

So so sad.....my son was the year above and cant imagine what his parents are going through....RIP
So so sad.....my son was the year above and cant imagine what his parents are going through....RIP manana
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8:36pm Tue 28 Feb 12

nessie says...

well said Twynham. MY deepest condolences to his family and friends May your sole R.I.P Kyle so very tragic x
well said Twynham. MY deepest condolences to his family and friends May your sole R.I.P Kyle so very tragic x nessie
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8:39pm Tue 28 Feb 12

Have a nice day says...

Thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Have a nice day
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8:46pm Tue 28 Feb 12

rayc says...

Have a nice day wrote:
Thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Yes somewhere close there is a family in despair. My thoughts are with them at this terrible time.
[quote][p][bold]Have a nice day[/bold] wrote: Thoughts are with his family at this sad time.[/p][/quote]Yes somewhere close there is a family in despair. My thoughts are with them at this terrible time. rayc
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8:58pm Tue 28 Feb 12

simcal says...

So very sad. RIP
So very sad. RIP simcal
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9:05pm Tue 28 Feb 12

janeorm says...

Our thoughts are with his family,, there loss will have shattered their lives,, So very very sad,, its a long journey they now have to take,, may they find the strength and support to help them through, xx
Our thoughts are with his family,, there loss will have shattered their lives,, So very very sad,, its a long journey they now have to take,, may they find the strength and support to help them through, xx janeorm
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9:49pm Tue 28 Feb 12

DollyDimple says...

Rest in peace Kyle ; Heaven must have been missing an Angel - you truly touched Sammys life and he is all the richer for having had you as his friend ! Our love and wishes go out to your family and friends. We are devastated for you all. Sleep well Angel , xx
Rest in peace Kyle ; Heaven must have been missing an Angel - you truly touched Sammys life and he is all the richer for having had you as his friend ! Our love and wishes go out to your family and friends. We are devastated for you all. Sleep well Angel , xx DollyDimple
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9:49pm Tue 28 Feb 12

Jetwasher says...

twynham wrote:
So, so sad.
.
If the Echo are going to allow comments on this tragic event, let's all show some humanity.
Indeed , sorry to hear of this. RIP
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: So, so sad. . If the Echo are going to allow comments on this tragic event, let's all show some humanity.[/p][/quote]Indeed , sorry to hear of this. RIP Jetwasher
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10:08pm Tue 28 Feb 12

Football banning order yob says...

Rip Kyle.. Thoughts with his family, should be a mins silence at Dean court Saturday.
Rip Kyle.. Thoughts with his family, should be a mins silence at Dean court Saturday. Football banning order yob
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10:34pm Tue 28 Feb 12

izmee says...

tragic thing to happen, thoughts are with the family & his friends. god bless to you.
R.I.P Kyle x
tragic thing to happen, thoughts are with the family & his friends. god bless to you. R.I.P Kyle x izmee
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10:36pm Tue 28 Feb 12

INDIKARAMA says...

Absolute tragedy! Should never have happened at school. What is going on in our school playgrounds? My thoughts go to the stricken parents of the boy. very sad!
Absolute tragedy! Should never have happened at school. What is going on in our school playgrounds? My thoughts go to the stricken parents of the boy. very sad! INDIKARAMA
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11:39pm Tue 28 Feb 12

ASM says...

very sad news, thoughts are with the family, friends, classmates and teachers of the young lad
very sad news, thoughts are with the family, friends, classmates and teachers of the young lad ASM
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12:47am Wed 29 Feb 12

politicaltrainspotter says...

My deepest condolences to Kyle's family and friends.A tragic loss too them all.
My deepest condolences to Kyle's family and friends.A tragic loss too them all. politicaltrainspotter
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7:34am Wed 29 Feb 12

Scoty2hotty says...

So sorry to hear this terrible news, res in peace pal.
So sorry to hear this terrible news, res in peace pal. Scoty2hotty
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7:39am Wed 29 Feb 12

rudestickers says...

My heart goes out to all Kyles family and friends at this tragic time. Rest in Peace Kyle...
My heart goes out to all Kyles family and friends at this tragic time. Rest in Peace Kyle... rudestickers
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8:28am Wed 29 Feb 12

djd says...

Our thoughts are with all involved.
Our thoughts are with all involved. djd
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8:51am Wed 29 Feb 12

Huey says...

Very sad, thinking of the family at this time
Very sad, thinking of the family at this time Huey
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8:57am Wed 29 Feb 12

Niki1 says...

So sad. Our thoughts are with his family at this time xx
So sad. Our thoughts are with his family at this time xx Niki1
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10:07am Wed 29 Feb 12

retry69 says...

Even though i have no connection to the school or family as a parent and grandparent my thoughts are with you the family and friends
Even though i have no connection to the school or family as a parent and grandparent my thoughts are with you the family and friends retry69
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