VP tells coroner of shock at finding dead student

VP tells coroner of shock at finding dead student

The vice-principal of CCC Kei Chun Primary School is standing by her actions after a 10-year-old student fell to her death in 2013

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Shek Ling (left) has dismissed claims of bullying at her school.
Shek Ling (left) has dismissed claims of bullying at her school.
Photo: Chris Lau/SCMP

The vice-principal at CCC Kei Chun Primary School was so busy trying to revive a 10-year-old student who plunged to her death that she didn't call an ambulance at the first available opportunity, the Coroner's Court heard this week.

The court heard from vice-principal Shek Ling this week in an investigation to determine the cause of death of Law Cheuk-ki, who fell to her death in December 2013.

Shek says she was so focused on trying to revive Cheuk-ki that she forgot to call an ambulance. Although Shek admits she couldn't feel a pulse or a heartbeat, she says that in the moment she became "oblivious to the surroundings".

Shek defended her decision to attempt CPR before calling emergency services. "It takes a few minutes for an ambulance to arrive," she explained.

When the call for an ambulance was made, a series of mistakes led to a call to St John Ambulance instead of the Fire Department. Shek said the school listed the ambulance service number on school notices until 2008. The janitor, who called the ambulance service, had been looking at an old notice, said Shek.

On Tuesday, the investigation revealed Cheuk-ki may have been bullied. Other students took Cheuk-ki's bag while riding on the school bus and spilled the contents.

But Shek dismissed the claims of bullying. She said students sometimes fooled around. When it came to the issue of Cheuk-ki being teased, Shek told the court: "Children will be children."

The inquest continues.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
In defence of late call for ambulance

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