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Baradene College student death: 12-year-old collapses during run

A 12-year-old girl who died after collapsing during a run at an Auckland park last week was a Year 8 student at Baradene College of the Sacred Heart in Remuera. Photo / Jason Dorday

Police are making inquiries on behalf of the coroner after a 12-year-old school student collapsed while running in an Auckland park on Thursday.

Officers were made aware of the incident, which occurred outside school hours, after the girl died in hospital later that evening.

Initial inquiries suggest the child “perhaps suffered some sort of medical event” while running, a police spokesperson said today.

“Police’s inquiries are on behalf of the Coroner who will ultimately determine the cause of death,” the spokesperson said.

The girl was a Year 8 student at Auckland’s Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, which oversees the education of over 1300 girls from Year 7 to Year 13.

“We have lost a Baradene student, and at the moment we are wrapping care around the family and our students at Baradene and supporting them all,” school principal Sandy Pasley told the Herald.

“We are absolutely devastated for the family, and we’ve got very sad students and staff as well.”

Pasley said she did not know the circumstances of the girl’s death. She told the Herald today that she wanted to guard the family’s privacy, but she described it as “appalling” that people were speculating on social media about the cause of her death.

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