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Tributes to nine year old Leo Latifi who died after becoming trapped underneath a High School locker

Nine-year-old Leo Latifi died after he became trapped underneath a locker at a school.

He had been with family members at an after-school club at Great Baddow High School in Chelmsford.

He was a pupil at nearby St Michael’s Primary School

Leo Latifi Credit: St Michael’s Primary School

“Leo was a sparkle in our school. His face lit up the classroom and his mischievous blue eyes made us all smile. He was an avid scientist, who only on Wednesday, was in his element hunting for bugs on the school field. Leo was always keen to share his model-building and wowed the class when he brought in the finished masterpieces! He had a wide circle of friends in the year group, all of whom will miss him greatly.

– Maria Rumsey, Headteacher at St Michael’s Primary School
Flowers left in the grounds of the school Credit: ITV Anglia

We were called by the ambulance service at about 6.15pm on Thursday May 23 to reports a child had been injured at Great Baddow High School in Duffield Road, Chelmsford. The nine-year-old boy was believed to have fallen from a locker and become trapped underneath it. He was taken to hospital, where he sadly died. We are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive."

– Essex Police
Great Baddow High School in Chelmsford Credit: ITV Anglia

Flowers have been left outside St Michael’s Junior School where the nine year old was a pupil

Flowers outside St Michael’s Junior School Credit: ITV Anglia
Flowers outside St Michael’s Junior School Credit: ITV Anglia

We are supporting all of our children and staff today as we try to come to terms with this sad loss. We are a strong and close community and will ensure that everybody is given the necessary help. In order to do this, we would ask that you respect the privacy of the family and school community at this time.”

– Maria Rumsey, Headteacher at St Michael’s Primary School
Police remain at the school Credit: ITV Anglia

Leo had been at Great Baddow High with family members at an after-school club.

A statement on the school's website said it is closed on Friday "due to exceptional circumstances" except for Year 11 and Year 13 students sitting exams.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Great Baddow High School are with the family and friends of the child who died yesterday evening, his school and swimming club. I can confirm that agencies will be carrying out an investigation following this tragic incident.”

– Mrs Carrie Lynch, Headteacher of Great Baddow High School