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Dubai school offers counselling after student death

Four-year-old died after accident in car park of Greenfields International School

Dubai school offers counselling after student death

The pupil died at the scene, while her mother was treated at a nearby hospital for trauma injuries.


Parents and pupils at Greenfields International School in Dubai Investment Park are receiving counselling following the death of a four-year-old student in a car accident on Monday afternoon.

Insiya Vajhi, a KG2 pupil at the school, was hit by a reversing car as she was being collected by her mother.

The pupil died at the scene, while her mother was treated at a nearby hospital for trauma injuries.

Brigadier General Dr Adel Al Suwaidi, director of Jebel Ali Police Station, said the accident took place when a female motorist accidentally pushed the accelerator instead of the brake while reversing. Both mother and child were crushed between the moving vehicle and a parked one.

Three other vehicles parked adjacent to each other were also damaged.

A statement from school principal, Allan Weston, said: “Words cannot describe how difficult this time is for the entire school community. We are doing all that we can to provide support as we help each other through this most difficult of times.

“Today at school we have provided all day counselling support to the children and staff, and especially to those who knew Insiya well. We also have psychologists from The LightHouse on site to help provide guidance on how to communicate, counsel and support our primary and secondary students through this tragic period of grief and mourning.”

All extra-curricular activities at the school, which is operated by the Taaleem Group, have been cancelled for the week in order to facilitate the counselling sessions.