THE stunned headteacher of a South Shields school today led the tributes to a student who died on a school trip to Tanzania.
The 18-year-old, named locally as Jack Burden, was on a trip with school expedition company True Adventure, to the East African country when he died yesterday.
Jack was on an expedition with his classmates when he suffered a severe allergic reaction.
Despite receiving immediate first aid and emergency treatment he could not be resuscitated.
Sir Ken Gibson, executive headteacher at Harton Technology College, said: “We were devastated to hear the awful news about one of our sixth form students.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the students and staff who are still in Tanzania.
“I have been in touch with the family and the parents of the other students, and will be keeping in close contact with the staff in Tanzania.
“We are hopeful that they will be flying home as soon as possible and we will have professional support in place for all concerned.”
A spokeswoman for South Tyneside Council said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.
“We will be offering counselling and any other support that we can to those affected by this tragic incident.”
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