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Girl dies after taking ill during school sports lesson in Shotts

Calderhead High School Image copyright North Lanarkshire Council
Image caption Emergency services were called to Calderhead High School on Thursday afternoon

A 14-year-old girl has died after being taken ill during a sports lesson at a school in North Lanarkshire.

Emergency services were called to Calderhead High School in Shotts at about 14:25.

The second year pupil was taken by helicopter to hospital in Glasgow but died shortly afterwards.

The school's head teacher John Robertson said: "Everyone within our school community is shocked and deeply saddened."

He added: "At this time all our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family and friends.

"We will provide our young people at Calderhead with our full support to help them this most difficult time."

A police spokesman said the girl's death was being treated as "unexplained".

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

A statement said: "We can confirm that around 14:25 police and other emergency services were called to a report of a 14-year-old girl having taken unwell in Calderhead High School, Shotts.

"The girl was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for treatment. Sadly, she died shortly afterwards."

It added: "A post-mortem will be carried out in due course to establish the exact cause of death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

The school is due to be closed on Friday and Monday for the bank holiday weekend but a spokesman said counselling services would be available for anyone who needed them.

The Business Management exams scheduled to go ahead at the school will continue to be held.