Schoolboy, 14, collapses in classroom and dies after telling nan ‘I love you’

The grandmother of a schoolboy who died in mysterious circumstances said that the "perfect" youngster told her he loved her thirty minutes before collapsing in the classroom.

Ted Sanderson, 14, sadly passed away at Woodham Academy in County Durham, on Tuesday and the cause of death is still not yet known, the Mirror reports.

The schoolboy was rushed to James Cook University Hospital, but medics were unable to save his life.

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Lynn Wilson, his grandmother, described the moments before a fateful call from his school with the bad news.

Describing the last time she saw him on Tuesday, she said: "He went down the drive. Before he went out I said 'I love you, have a good day' and he said 'I love you nan'.

"He was scrunching up his hair the way he always did to make it as big as he could. Half an hour later we got a call from the school to say he had collapsed. We didn't know what had happened but then there was no coming back."

Ted, who lived with his grandparents Lynn and Keith and dad Eddie, was known for his love of bass and rock music, his big hair and for his love for fun.

Lynn continued: "He was a gorgeous boy. He knew everything.

"He was so much fun and he had so much character. He was perfect.

"He loved everything about life. I can't think how we are going to live without him. We are going to have to get though this together."

There has been an outpouring of grief for Ted, who was passionate about music, loved fishing and shooting and wanted to one day become a teacher.

A remembrance service was held at Woodham Academy yesterday, June 22.

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In a touching letter to other pupils at the school, headteacher Andrew Bell said: "Ted was simply a wonderful young man. He was outgoing, friendly, thought provoking, articulate and to some degree, quirky.

"Staff have taken great pride in describing their relationship with Ted, highlighting his enthusiasm for life, his willingness to give opinions, but also listen to the opinions of others.

"Ted took a really active role in school life, with interests including music, art, English and Religious Studies.

"Ted shared a love of rock music with Dr Lycourinos, and they had many exchanges regarding their passion for the genre.

"Similarly, Miss Thomas was so proud of how Ted could inspire an entire class to listen to his extensive knowledge of niche topics such as the C.I.A., the troubles in Northern Ireland and gun law. He truly was a remarkable young man."

Support is being provided for pupils affected by the death and a space has been dedicated at the school for floral tributes to him.

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