Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
THE management of the Chrisland International School has reacted to the death of Whitney Adeniran during the school’s inter-house sports on Thursday February 9, 2023.
Stonix News had reported that mother of the deceased 12-year-old had called on the Lagos State government and parents with good conscience to prevail on Chrisland International School to disclose the mystery behind the death of the teenager.
But in a statement on Sunday morning, management and staff of Chrisland Schools Ltd stated that it does not intend to join issues or trend her treasured memory on media traffic to change compelling narratives that are devoid of fact.
The school, however, said it had to break its silence and to let the public be aware of what actually happened.
The school management said they were heartbroken and distressed over the death of “our precious student, Whitney Adeniran whose painful exit occurred on Thursday, February 9, 2023.
“Whitney was one of our Day students who opted not to participate in the inter-house sports match past for reasons we were not very sure about.
“However, on discretion, we respected her decision to err on the side of caution because, on the 20th of January, it is in our records that she complained about 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.
“It is instructive to state that Whitney slumped in public view and not under any hidden circumstances whatsoever.
“Our immediate response was to take advantage of proximity by identifying the nearest medical facility to take her to, where the Doctor on duty administered oxygen and every aid possible to her,” the school said.
According to the school management, “even as her family made funeral plans for an immediate burial, we differed politely and reiterated the need to establish a scientific verification of the underlying cause of death as mandatorily required in circumstances like this.
“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 minor and deserving of our unqualified respect.
“We also prioritised according to respect to the privacy of the family and were with them consistently to mourn together.
“As parents, We feel the deep pain of this loss and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this wonderful girl.
“As we continue to uphold the sobriety of this moment, we resist any urge to join issues or trend her treasured memory on media traffic.
“As we eagerly 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 this painful loss,” the school stated.
Stonix News reports that as earlier insinuated by mother of the deceased, Mrs Adeniran, from the statement of the management of the school, it’s obvious the school had no medics or first aide ambulance in spite of hosting an inter house sports that involved kids in a stadium.