Odivelas: School in shock after 13-year-old dies after PE class

Odivelas: School in shock after 13-year-old dies after PE class

He was a child with congenital heart problems, but, even so, the shock of the sudden death this week of 13-year-old João Casimiro has left a school in mourning and questions to be answered.
As newspapers point out, the child’s mother had informed bosses at Escola Secundária de Ramada, Odivelas, of her son’s health problems when he started there at the beginning of the year.
Three years ago, his father is reported to have died from a heart-related issue.
Thus questions centre on what happened to make the boy collapse after a routine physical education class on Wednesday afternoon.
According to national tabloid Correio da Manhã, João’s colleagues have described how the child had been complaining of pains, and saying that he could not breathe.
Another version from pupils points to a prank in the changing rooms which ended with the explosion of a can of deodorant.
There is even the suggestion João was a victim of bullying.
For now, there seems to be no formal investigation. João’s body is to be autopsied and meantime CM points out that the school is not believed to have been in possession of a heart defibrillator. When the child collapsed, his PE teacher and a school janitor went through the motions of reanimation as they waited for INEM rescue services. INEM informed CM that they worked on the boy for “more than an hour”, without success.