The management of Chrisland schools on Sunday February 12, has narrated their own side of the incident that led to the death of a 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran.
The student died on Thursday, Feb. 9, after she slumped during the school?s inter-house sports activities at Agege Stadium, Lagos State.
The girls parents, Michael and Blessing Adeniran took to social media on Saturday night, Feb. 11 to demand a probe into the death of their daughter.
Whitneys mother said her daughter was not ill prior to the inter-house sports day and when she asked the doctor at the hospital the cause of her daughter?s death, the doctor said it appears to be cardiac arrest.
Reacting, Chrisland School explained that about two weeks prior, Whitney had complained of ill health and chose not to participate in the schools march-past.
The statement read, 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.
We are heartbroken and distressed. Whitney was one of our Day students who opted not to participate in the inter-house sports march 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 the January 20, 2023, it is in our records that she had complained about a 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 school also reacted to the bereaved mothers accusation that her daughter was taken to an immunization centre instead of a hospital after she slumped.
Our 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 statement read further.
Chrisland also appealed to Whitneys parents to establish a scientific confirmation of the basic cause of her death before her burial.
The statement continues: We immediately notified regulatory stakeholders and agencies to allow for a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of the developments.
In spite of the compelling imperatives to fill any information gaps in public space, we stopped short of making any media sensation out of this, because the deceased in question, was a minor and is deserving of our unqualified respect.
We also prioritised according respect to the privacy of the family and were with them consistently, to mourn together. This is a painful loss for all of us.
The school also stated its commitment to support the family of the deceased, while being sober over the sad incident.
As we continue to uphold the sobriety of this moment, we resist any urge to join issues on her treasured memory, in media trends.
As we await the outcome of an independent post-mortem process, we remain unwaveringly committed to supporting the family at this critical moment and pray fervently for the fortitude to bear her painful loss, the statement added.