School Liaison Police, officers from the School Response Unit and detectives from Tweed-Byron Local Area Command attended a high school at Mullumbimby today as part of their continuing investigation into the death of a student at the weekend.

The 15-year-old boy died in the Gold Coast Hospital on Saturday after being found unconscious in the schoolyard last Friday morning.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Owen King, said School Liaison Police (SLPs) were speaking to all students and staff today.

“School Liaison Police will remain at the school to provide support and advice to staff and students through this difficult time,” A/Supt King said.

“Police will be working with the staff and students at the high school in the coming days and weeks to resolve any ongoing issues.

“We are concerned that there has been speculation that this may have been the result of bullying.

“I want to emphasise we have no evidence that this is the case, however, officers are keen to speak with anyone who has information.

“Anything provided to police will be treated with the strictest of confidence.”

A/Supt King said detectives from Tweed-Byron Local Area Command would attend the post mortem examination to determine the cause of the child’s death, expected to be conducted in Queensland tomorrow.

“As the child died in Queensland, the post mortem examination will be conducted there and a report prepared for the information of the Queensland Coroner,” A/Supt King said.

“Once the results come through, we will have a clearer idea of what caused this boy’s death.

“Until then we will not speculate about the cause of death.”

A/Supt King said police had also been working closely with the child’s family.

“We have kept in contact with the family and will continue to provide support and assistance,” he said.

“The death of a child is a tragedy for family, friends and the community.

“I have worked in this area for many years and I know the people of Mullumbimby will work together and support his family and the school.

“Everyone needs time to come to terms with his death.”