Forgotten boy 'a concern'

Sebastian NeuweilerGeraldton Guardian
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The acting principal of a Geraldton secondary school had to apologise to the family of a 14-year-old boy who was left in school after it closed.

The John Willcock College student was taken to the sick bay after falling ill, where he fell asleep and was forgotten for almost two hours.

A week earlier, the teenager had broken his leg in an incident unrelated to his illness and outside of school.

Last Friday, the WA Department of Education confirmed the teenager had been left in the school long after a majority of staff and students had left. According to the department, the student woke about 4.30pm to find he was alone in the sick bay.

He exited the building via a window and was collected by a family member soon after.

John Willcock College acting principal Helen Lyndon said it was an unacceptable incident which should never have occurred. “This is an inexcusable oversight and we have expressed our sincerest apologies to both the student and his mother,” Ms Lyndon said.

“We have never had an incident like this occur at the school, but even having one incident is a concern.

“I am reviewing our processes to prevent it happening again.”

Ms Lyndon said the school had already made changes.

“Students who are feeling unwell must now sign in to access the reflection room and then sign out when they leave,” she said.

“School leaders will also be checking the rooms regularly and at the end of each day.”

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