An inquest has found that 11-year-old Sam Linton died from an acute asthma attack after being abandoned in a school corridor by a teacher. The incident occurred at Offerton High School in Stockport, Greater Manchester in December 2007.
Janet Ford, Sam's teacher sent him to sit outside the class, where two pupils found him gasping for breath. When Ms Ford was informed of the same, she told the kids that she was in a meeting and that Sam would have to wait.
Sam's mother Karen arrived after being told her son was ill and the boy was taken to hospital only then, where he could not be saved. The doctors said prompt treatment could have saved the boy.
The inquest concluded that Sam "died of natural causes, significantly contributed to by neglect, both individually and on a systemic level". Mrs Linton was furious with the school and said, "The inquest highlighted what happened at school that day and the thought that his death may have been prevented is too much to bear."