What was meant to be a day of celebration ended with a teen’s dead body going unnoticed in a crowded room.
A matric pupil from St Stithians Boys’ College died last week after allegedly drinking alcohol with friends as they celebrated their last day of school before final exams start.
Another teenager from the same school was taken to hospital in a critical condition after he started vomiting on Thursday.
A source said the boys went out partying and drinking after the matric valedictory assembly and that it was tradition to celebrate on the last day of school.
Cameron Conlon passed out while drinking with his friends but none of them noticed he had died because they were helping the friend who was vomiting, the source said.
St Stithians confirmed Cameron’s death on Tuesday and that the family were waiting for the results of the autopsy, which would determine the cause of death.
Principal David Knowles said Cameron had been passionate about drama and had recently received his cultural honours in the subject.
Knowles said the teenager had also received the MacNicol Prize for creativity at Wednesday night’s prize-giving. “He was fun-loving and a good friend to many. We will miss his cheerful smile and his positive attitude,” he added.
St Stithians rector Dr Tim Nuttall said the school was “deeply saddened by the death of Cameron and we mourn with his family and friends”.
“We know that there is speculation about the cause of Cameron’s death. We request respect for the family at this time of grieving and we will issue a further statement when more information is available.”