Schoolgirl’s tragic death

A picture of student Robyn Watson lays amongst the tributes and flowers  left in her memory at the reception area of Newfields School, Sheffield
A picture of student Robyn Watson lays amongst the tributes and flowers left in her memory at the reception area of Newfields School, Sheffield
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Robyn, 15, dies after being found at home

A TEENAGER described by friends as ‘a beautiful young girl’ has died aged 15 after being found seriously injured at home in Sheffield.

Robyn Watson, a Year 11 pupil at Newfield School, was rushed to hospital after being found on Friday night.

Police say she died on Tuesday morning, and there are no suspicious circumstances.

Yesterday her grieving family, of Olive Grove Road, from Heeley, told The Star they did not wish to comment.

Shocked classmates left flowers, posters and cards with heartbreaking messages, as well as a cross they had made, near the entrance to the school.

One read: “A beautiful young girl taken away from us. A shock to us all. You are in a better place now. RIP angel.”

Others said they would miss ‘gorgeous’ and ‘caring’ Robyn and her ‘beautiful smile’ forever.

One tribute read: “You did not deserve to feel the way you did - people love you.”

One girl wrote: “Unfortunately you never got the chance to understand how many lives you touched and how many people will remember you.”

Grieving friends posted tributes to ‘amazing’ and ‘lovely’ Robyn on social media site Twitter. Some posts made references to bullying.

But a Sheffield Council spokesman said: “There is no substance to rumours on social networking sites that bullying had been behind the suicide.

“It is unhelpful for these rumours to be given any further credibility.”

The school has opened two books of condolence and is offering counselling to pupils who have been informed of the death. The school is also collating ideas of how to remember Robyn.

Headteacher Dr Sue Bains, who has written to parents, said: “I am so proud of the way students are supporting each other through their grief.

“Robyn was a lovely girl, she didn’t know how many people liked her.

“Our hearts go out to Robyn’s parents and family at this deeply upsetting and tragic time.

“She will be sadly missed by everyone at school including her classmates and peers.”

South Yorkshire Police confirmed a 15-year-old girl had died after being found ‘seriously injured’ at home in Heeley, Sheffield, at 8.15pm on Friday.

“The girl was taken to hospital on Friday but sadly died on Tuesday morning,” said a spokeswoman. “Police are not treating her death as suspicious.”

The Sheffield coroner has been informed and an inquest is expected to open this week.