Renfrewshire Council

Headteacher statement on Gleniffer High pupil Ben William James Thomson

Following the tragic death of young teenager Ben William James Thomson at the Glenburn Reservoir, Gleniffer High Headteacher Lisa Chalmers spoke out about his time at the school.

Lisa said: "The Gleniffer High School community are devastated to hear the tragic news of Ben's passing.

"Ben William James Thomson was a well-liked, friendly and very caring pupil, who always greeted you in the corridor. Ben was due to start his fourth year of secondary school in August. As well as succeeding in academic subjects, Ben was also a very talented young footballer, achieving extracurricular awards for his achievements in the game.

"Ben comes from a very loving and close family and our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and sister at this very sad time.

"Pastoral support will be available at the school for pupils."

Renfrewshire's Provost Lorraine Cameron, who lives in the area, has issued this statement. She said: "This is the worst thing that can happen to a family, and my thoughts are with them and all of Ben's friends during this terribly sad time.

"Glenburn is a very close-knit community and I know everyone is already rallying around the family to give them the support they need to cope with such a tragic event."

Speaking about the tragic event, Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: "This is a tragic incident and will be felt by many in the community. I would like to express my condolences to the family and all those who knew Ben."

Police Scotland have made an official statement about Ben's death. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 5.35 pm on Tuesday 17 July 2018, police were called to Glenburn Reservoir, Braehead Rd, Paisley, following a report that a teenage boy had gone into the water.

"Following a search, emergency services recovered the body of 14 year-old Ben William James Thomson, from the Glenburn area of Paisley, was recovered from the water around 8.10 pm. His family are aware.

"A post mortem examination will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of his death, however, it is not being treated as suspicious. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."