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Boy, 6, has fit after being hit by metal fence at Romford school

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 November 2015

Teddy Say, 6, has eplipesy and a care plan where he is meant to be watched at school at all times. He goes to Mawneys. On Friday a metal fence fell on him at lunchtime because some kids were climbing it.
Teddy with his mum Karen Mackin

Teddy Say, 6, has eplipesy and a care plan where he is meant to be watched at school at all times. He goes to Mawneys. On Friday a metal fence fell on him at lunchtime because some kids were climbing it. Teddy with his mum Karen Mackin

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A schoolboy with epilepsy had three seizures after being knocked over in the playground by a falling metal fence.

Teddy Say, six, had to rely on friends at the Mawney Foundation School to pull him out from under the panel after the “deteriorating” cable ties fixing it to another fence snapped.

The youngster’s care package says he should be supervised at all times to keep him safe but the four teachers watching the 80-90 children at the time did not see it – though they were on the scene within 10 seconds.

Teddy luckily escaped with just a grazed ankle, but the traumatic experience brought on three seizures, the first he has had since starting new medication six weeks ago.

His mum Karen Say, 28, has made a formal complaint over the incident and said she feels she can no longer trust staff at the school, where all three of her sons go.

“I feel really let down,” she said. “If that can happen he clearly is not being watched.”

Craig Brown, headteacher at the school in Mawney Road, Romford, has apologised to Karen and her husband Darren, 33 and taken action to ensure it never happens again.

Mr Brown said: “Children are supervised at all times on the playground, and this was an unfortunate accident.

“We’ve taken action to ensure nothing like this can happen again, and I met with Teddy’s parents to reassure them of this, as well as to apologise for the incident and injury to Teddy.”

The site manager at the school has since assessed all the fences to ensure they are safe.

Karen, 28, is already looking for another school for them after recently moving to Daventry Road, Harold Hill, but says the incident two weeks ago has left her not wanting to send them back at all.

“I just want to get them out of there and forget about it,” she said, adding: “It could have been much worse.”


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