Family of eight-year-old killed as he walked to school blame education authorities for his death

The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that the distraught family of an eight-year-old boy killed as he walked to school say they blame the education authorities for his death…

Adam Gilmour, his mother and five siblings were struck by a car as they walked along a country road to meet a school bus.

Heartbroken relatives of the child accused the North Eastern Education and Library Board of failing to act on Adam’s mother’s pleas for public transport weeks before the horror crash.

They vowed none of his siblings would be returning to school until a bus service was put in place…

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the family said they feared Adam’s mother Sarah may never walk again after the smash…

Last month Sarah had urged the local education board to provide transport along the road, fearing her children’s lives were at risk.

Mr O’Dowd’s department has begun an investigation into how that request was handled.

He said: “I was very saddened to learn of the tragic fatal accident involving the family of pupils on their way to Clough Primary School yesterday.

“My thoughts lie entirely with the children and their mother and wider family circle.

“It would be inappropriate for me to comment specifically on the details of the accident as I understand that a police investigation is under way.

“I have also asked my officials to seek a report from the North Eastern Education and Library Board.”

…An 18-year-old male driver has been released on police bail following the tragedy…

More at: Family of eight-year-old killed as he walked to school in Cloughmills blame Board for his death


Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin every morning (around 7 am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link!

Special school is in crisis after receiving "one of the worst" Ofsted reports
Today's poll: Childminder numbers are dropping with more provision coming from nurseries - cause for concern?
Categories: Northern Ireland.


  1. speedydoc

    maria_oaktree SchoolsImprove this is terrible. But I think the Council Officers would say that this didn’t happen here so not relevant.

Let us know what you think...