Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uni in Shock; Campus Stunned after Tragic Death of Student

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uni in Shock; Campus Stunned after Tragic Death of Student

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A UNIVERSITY campus was in shock today after a student plunged 120ft to his death.

The 24-year-old fell from the tenth floor of Teesside House at the University of Teesside, on Tuesday evening.

The identity of the man has not been released, but he is believed to have been an overseas engineering student.

Students spoke of their shock that such a terrible incident had happened on campus.

First year psychologist, Jessica Herron, 18, said those who knew about the fall were stunned it had happened so close to home.

"I'm shocked," she added. "You know it happens but you don't expect it to happen outside your front door."

Lauren Malin, 19, lives near the scene. "We live in King Edward's Square," said the first year crime scene science student. "I was out that night but our housemate walked over and saw all the police and told us about it."

Lauren said that news of the death has spread around campus through the grapevine.

Charlotte Bell, 18, a business management student, said: "It is a shock.

We heard about it this morning from some friends and social networking websites. It feels a bit surreal."

Natalie Davison, 18, also a business management student, added: "Quite a lot of people have been talking about it today but people have been getting on with it really."

James Goodridge, 22, who is studying for a masters in sports science, said: "I'm surprised and shocked. I only heard about it when my sister rang me up and asked if I'd heard anything. I don't even know what happened. The university is really laid back and relaxed so it's a big shock, you don't normally hear about things like this."

Sports science student Gareth Davis, 19, said he was surprised that, to his knowledge, the university had not told students of the tragedy. "You'd expect them to notify you of something like that," he said. …

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