x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Pupils and teachers mourn unexpected death of youth, 15

Principal urges friends to help police and support investigation into boy's death.

DUBAI // Pupils and staff at Jumeirah College are mourning the death of a 15-year-old student at the weekend.

Police are investigating the death of Harry Harling, a British Year 11 pupil who is said to have been home at the time.

In a letter from the school yesterday, the principal urged friends to help police with any information and support their investigation.

"As with all unexpected death, the authorities have to investigate the circumstances and surrounding issues," Fiona Cottam wrote in a circular to parents.

"If any student had contact with Harry over the weekend and feels that they can assist the police in piecing together a clearer picture of his movements, the college can put you in touch with the appropriate investigating officer."

Ms Cottam said Harry's death had shocked pupils and staff.

"Our immediate thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Harling and Harry's sister Rebecca, who left Jumeirah College only last year for university," she said.

"It will take time for the full realisation of such unexpected loss to come to the forefront."

Ms Cottam said the college was offering support and counselling.

The British Embassy said it was "providing consular services to the family".

Tributes flooded social-networking sites yesterday.

One friend tweeted: "Horrible day, don't know what to say other than - we love you, we miss you and we will never forget you."

Another wrote: "Lost the most special person ever. He meant so much to everyone. Hundreds of people have been in floods of tears."

Harry, a Twitter user, last posted to the microblogging site on Friday, when he said he was spending the day tanning with friends.

Dubai Police could not be reached for comment.

aahmed@thenational.ae