School community left devastated by boy’s death

Floral tributes left at Ryhope Street, Ryhope, the day after 12 year old Matthew Hayes was killed after being hit bya bus.

Floral tributes left at Ryhope Street, Ryhope, the day after 12 year old Matthew Hayes was killed after being hit bya bus.

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THE headteacher of tragic Wearside youngster Matthew Hayes has spoken of the school’s loss.

The 12-year-old from Moorside was was hit by a bus in Ryhope Street South, near Asda supermarket shortly before 3.30pm on Friday.

Gill Booth, headteacher at The Venerable Bede CE Academy where Matthew was a pupil, said: “This is a tragedy and the academy family of staff, students, governors and parents are devastated to learn of Matthew’s death. We are a very close-knit school community and we are all in shock at the loss of such a young life.”

The Venerable Stuart Bain, chairman of governors at the Tunstall Bank school and Archdeacon of Sunderland, added: “We are putting plans in place to support our students and staff on Monday morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and we offer them our prayers and deepest sympathy at this sad time.”

Matthew was struck by a Go North East single decker at he crossed Ryhope Street in Sunderland on his way home from school.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.