Police are investigating the death of a teaching assistant after he was allegedly struck with a chair by a student.
A source close to the Ysgol Bryn Castell in Bryncethin, Bridgend, said the teaching assistant had been hit last week.
The 31-year-old was found dead at a house in Brackla, Bridgend, on Sunday morning and the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
The school, which is a special school for 147 pupils aged seven to 19 rated good by inspectors Estyn, is shut Monday while investigations are carried out.
Councillor Charles Smith, cabinet member for education and regeneration at Bridgend Council said: ‘There was an incident with a pupil earlier in the week and the teacher has died later.
‘The school is closed today while investigations are made and police are involved.
‘Our first concern is the welfare of the teacher’s family. Pupils are getting support.’
South Wales Police was unable to confirm details but said in a statement:
Police in Bridgend are investigating the unexplained death of a 31-year- old man who was found dead at a property in the Brackla area on Sunday morning.
A post-mortem examination is due to take place later today to try and establish the cause of death.’
A message on Ysgol Bryn Castell’s twitter feed from headteacher Helen Ridout said: ‘Apologies, due to unforeseen circumstances, YBC is closed for all pupils on Monday 2nd December 2019. Mrs Ridout.’
Apologies, due to unforeseen circumstances, YBC is closed for all pupils on Monday 2nd December 2019. Mrs Ridout
— Ysgol Bryn Castell (YBC)????????️? (@YBCBridgend) December 1, 2019
In response to a query on Twitter asking whether The Bridge, the pupil referral unit which shares the same site, is also shut The Bridge responded: ‘Good morning, just YBC. The Bridge is open as usual. Thank you.’
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