A 13-year-old Punjab-origin boy with a dairy allergy died in the UK after suffering a severe reaction to a piece of cheese was allegedly forced on him by a schoolmate, prompting the Scotland Yard to launch a probe.
Karanbir Cheema died after suffering a severe reaction to a piece of cheese allegedly forced upon him at school last month during a break. “The boy was taken to a hospital in a life-threatening condition. Police were subsequently called when it became apparent that an incident had occurred which led to the boy coming into contact with the allergen.,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “A 13-year-old boy, a pupil at the same school, was held and interviewed in connection with the incident . He has been bailed to return on a date in July. Karanbir, was allergic to wheat, gluten and dairy, eggs, and nuts and his condition was well-known at school. On June 28, he went to the school office to inform them of a reaction to some cheese and staff gave him medication kept specially for him but his condition quickly worsened and he was rushed to hospital.
Doctors struggled to save his life but he died on Sunday. His parents are now demanding answers. “I want to get to the bottom of what happened. I will be asking the school if he was bullied but my son was popular, you could not help but like that child, he never made enemies,” said his mother Rina.