PEOPLE have headed online to pay heartfelt tributes following the sudden death of a nine-year-old schoolboy.
The Mail website, Facebook and Twitter were flooded with messages of support for the family of Lee Tomlinson after he died just hours after falling ill at Outwoods Primary School, in Harehedge Lane, Horninglow, on Monday.
It has also been revealed that an online tribute site is set to be created to allow people to leave messages of condolence for Lee and post messages of support for his family.
Liz Bishop posted: “RIP what an awful shock, condolences to the family and friends of the boy.”
Tabatha Bennett said: “Oh my word, how awful. My love and prayers go out to Lee’s parents, family and friends. Another angel gone too soon, RIP and sweet dreams little one.”
Emma Kate Wigley said: “So sorry to hear this. I have a nine-year-old boy and my nephew and niece attend Outwoods. My heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP.”
Rachael Woolley posted: “How dreadfully tragic. My heart goes out to his family and friends and also to the teaching staff who not only dealt with things at the time but are now helping little ones pick up the pieces. Sleep tight in heaven little man.”
Claire Louise Moore said: “RIP little man. My nine-year-old goes to Outwoods. It’s been a very sad week for his family and friends.”
Michelle Gould posted: “RIP such a sad story. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.”
It is understood the Year Five pupil became unwell during lessons and worried staff called for an ambulance.
He was rushed to hospital in a bid to discover what was wrong with him but just hours later the budding footballer died.
Tests are now under way to establish how he died.
Headteacher Lesley Wells said: “Lee was extremely popular with pupils and staff alike.
“He will be widely missed and our thoughts, at this tragic and very sad time, are with Lee’s family and friends.”
Floral tributes were left outside the school gates for the youngster and experts were on hand to help with anyone struggling to come to deal with the loss.
All parents were informed of Lee’s death by a letter that was sent home nu the school and offered expert advice on how to support children trying to deal with grief and loss.
Anyone who has been affected by Lee’s death is urged to call the Child Death Helpline on 0800 282986.