Bristol school 'devastated' after teenage student dies in New York

24 December 2019, 06:43

The fee paying school in Bristol has opened a book of condolence
The fee paying school in Bristol has opened a book of condolence. Picture: BGS/Google
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A 17-year-old British girl has died on a school trip to New York, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The sixth form student from Bristol Grammar School was found unconscious and unresponsive at the hotel at which the touring party was staying on December 19.

She was taken to a nearby Mount Sinai hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"We are talking with the US authorities and are providing support to the family," a Foreign Office spokesman said.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances, but they understood the teenager may have been ill during the trip.

In a statement, the school's headmaster Jaideep Barot said everyone at the school was devastated and support was being provided for those affected.

He said: "We are all devastated by the news and our thoughts are with their family and friends during this extremely difficult time.

"Our pupils, their parents and our staff have been informed and we are providing support to all those who have been affected by this news.

"We have opened a book of condolence and we will consider further remembrance with the family’s support in the New Year.

"We would ask the media to respect the privacy of the family and our community while we grieve."

The students had been on a trip to New York and Washington DC.