Tayside and Central Scotland

Boy 'still critical' after school stairway fall

Lornshill Academy
Image caption Ryan Spence fell three storeys down a stairwell at the school

A 12-year-old boy who fell three storeys down a school stairwell is still in a critical condition, doctors have said.

Ryan Spence, a first year pupil at Lornshill Academy in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, plunged 50ft (15m) down the stairwell on Thursday last week.

It is thought he was playing on a banister before the incident.

Police are investigating, but said they were treating the fall as an accident.

Ryan was taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary, but later transferred to the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

His condition is described as "critical but stable".

Counselling has been offered to fellow pupils who were shocked and upset by the events.

And more than 700 people have signed up to a Facebook page wishing the schoolboy a speedy recovery.

One well-wisher posted on the site: "Everyone is thinking about you. I hope you will be back to your old cheery, happy wee self in no time.

"Everyone's thoughts are with your friends and family at this sad time."

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Parents of children at the school were informed by a group text message that there had been an accident at the school and that a child had been taken to hospital.

Clackmannanshire Council leader Sam Ovens said: "There was an accident on Thursday at Lornshill Academy. A child fell down a stairwell and was taken to hospital.

"His mother was alerted immediately and taken to him.

"The school is offering support to anyone affected."

The local authority's education spokesman, George Matchett, added: "The authorities are monitoring Ryan's situation, but I understand his condition remains critical."

Lornshill Academy was built in 2009 and has a roll of 1,100 pupils.

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