Boy, 14, collapses and dies in class after telling his gran ‘I love you’

Respect has been paid to a kid who died in class after telling his grandmother, ‘I love you.’

Ted Sanderson, 14, was brought to James Cook University Hospital on Tuesday following a medical crisis at Woodham Academy in County Durham.

Emergency personnel responded but were not able to save the teenager’s life, and he died while still in school.

Family and friends have paid homage to the young teacher, who loved music and fishing.

His grandma, Lynn Wilson, recalled that he was a wonderful child. He was aware of everything. He was a lot of fun and had a lot of personality. He was flawless.

He adored everything in life. She is not sure how they’ll manage without him. They’ll have to work collectively to get through this.

 She said of the last time she saw him on Tuesday that he went down the drive and before he left, she told him, “I love you, have a nice day,” and he replied, “I love you, nan.”

He scrunched up his hair like he always did to make it as large as he could.

They got a call from the school half an hour later saying he had fallen. They had no idea what had occurred, but there was no turning back.

His death has yet to be determined.

Ted, who lived with his grandparents Lynn and Keith and his father Eddie, was regarded as ‘loving life’ and aspired to be a history or RE teacher.

He simply loved life, Mrs Wilson continued. He accomplished so much. He enjoyed rural sports, as well as airsoft and nerf wars.

He was full of life. He was proud of his geekiness.

Ted was remembered at Woodham Academy yesterday, with the headmaster hailing him as a “great young man.”

He was lively, personable, thought stimulating, eloquent, and to some extent, odd, said headteacher Andrew Bell.

Staff have taken great satisfaction in characterising their connection with Ted, stressing his excitement for life, readiness to share ideas, but also listen to others’ perspectives.

Ted was a very active student at school, with passion in music, painting, English, and Religious Studies.

Ted and Dr Lycourinos both loved rock music, and they had numerous conversations about it.

Similarly, Miss Thomas was so pleased with Ted for inspiring an entire class to listen to his broad knowledge of specialist issues like the C.I.A., Northern Ireland’s difficulties, and gun law. He was certainly a great young guy.

Students are being supported if they have been touched by his death, and the school has set aside a space for flower offerings to the kid.

A Go Fund Me website put up in his honour has gathered almost £4,000, with intentions to construct a bench in his honor at the school.

The extra funds were donated to the children’s unit at James Cook University Hospital.