Doctors rule out head trauma in death of teacher, 31, ‘hit by chair’ in class

Doctors rule out head trauma in death of teacher, 31, ‘hit by chair’ in class

Doctors have ruled out head trauma as the cause of death of a 31-year-old teacher found dead at his home in Wales, according to reports.

Teaching assistant Lee Sims was found dead days after he had allegedly been struck in the head by a pupil at a special needs school in Bridgend, South Wales.

The 31-year-old man, named locally as Mr Sims, was found dead at a property in the Brackla area of Bridgend on Sunday.

He worked at Ysgol Bryn Castell School, which was closed to pupils on Monday.

The Mail Online reports South Wales Police say doctors found no head injury or trauma that could have led to the sudden death of the father-of-three, with investigators also ruling out suicide.

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Experts are now reportedly carrying out more tests as police believe Mr Sims could have fallen victim to a sudden medical condition.

Reports on Monday suggested Mr Sims was the victim of an attack at the school on Friday where it is alleged he was hit on the head with a chair by a pupil.

But a spokesman for South Wales Police said a post-mortem examination found no evidence of assault or injury.

"Police in Bridgend are continuing to investigate the sudden death of a 31-year-old man who was found dead at a property in the Brackla area on Sunday morning," the force spokesman said.

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"Following the results of a post-mortem carried out today by a Home Office pathologist there is no evidence to suggest an assault or injury.

"An inquest into the death will be held in due course.

"South Wales Police request that the family is allowed privacy at this sad time."

The school closed as the community reeled in shock at the teaching assistant's death, but has since reopened today.

A council spokeswoman said on Monday: "Bridgend County Borough Council is aware of the death of a member of staff from Ysgol Bryn Castell over the weekend.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the member of staff at this difficult time.

"Ysgol Bryn Castell School is currently closed and we're unable to provide any further information at this time."

A report by Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales, in January rated the school as good.

It described Ysgol Bryn Castell as a maintained special school for pupils aged seven to 19 with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and a range of other needs including autistic spectrum disorder.

At the time of the report, there were 147 pupils there.

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