Tributes paid after sledging death

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Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Colleagues of a young teacher who died following a sledging accident in a park have described her as a “shining light” at their school.

Maryam Najafian, 25, was injured in Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon and was taken to the city’s Western Infirmary.

She was transferred to the city’s Southern General Hospital and later died.

Colleagues at Lanark Primary in South Lanarkshire where she worked have paid tribute to her.

Head teacher Margaret Scott said: “Maryam was a shining light in Lanark Primary.

“We are devastated with her loss and will miss her deeply in our school and in our lives.

“She was known and loved by all here as she involved herself so much in the whole life of the school.

“More than anything, Maryam was a dedicated teacher who did everything she could for the benefit of the children in her care.

“Each and every child she met was special to her and she has left them with everlasting memories of her wonderful teaching. Maryam was a young woman whose energy and love of life radiated from her.”

She added: “During her few short years of teaching Maryam became firm friends with many of her colleagues.

“She was a highly respected teacher here in Lanark and in her previous post at David Livingstone Memorial Primary, Blantyre.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A report on the circumstances surrounding the death of a 25-year-old woman following a sledging incident in Kelvingrove Park on Sunday 18 January will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Her death is not being treated as suspicious.”

The EIS teaching union tweeted: “We are saddened by the sudden passing of Lanark Primary teacher Maryam Najafian. Our condolences to family, friends, pupils and colleagues.”

Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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