-adopted parents livid teachers let her leave school
The Guyanese teenager who fell to her death from a bridge in the United Kingdom was “fed alcohol”
by her peers, her adopted parents have claimed.
The teenager, Wendy Macguire, died last Friday.
Her adopted parents are now angry that school teachers who knew the teen was pressured to drink alcohol allowed her to wander out of the school’s compound and to the bridge some three miles away where she dropped to her death.
Her family claims that Macguire, 16, had been put in the sick room after collapsing twice in the playground – but by the time her parents arrived to pick her up, she had gone.
Less than two hours after they were called, the popular student was found dead on a busy road three miles away, after falling from a footbridge.
Her adopted mother, Leila, 49, paid tribute to her daughter and criticised the school for failing to look after her.
“’We’ve been told her classmates pressured her into drinking alcohol and wouldn’t let her stop. The teachers knew she wasn’t herself so why was she allowed to leave school? She should have been properly supervised until we arrived,” Mrs Macguire lamented.
According to her family, the teen took ill during a drama class exam after falling over twice and complaining of a headache.
She was taken to the school’s sick room at 10.45 hrs while staff called her parents saying she was unsteady on her feet and smelling of alcohol. But when Mrs Maguire arrived half an hour later, staff wasted time making her sign in to the school register. After 20 minutes of confusion, they realised Wendy was gone – leaving her mother no choice but to search the area and call police.
By lunchtime, she was waiting patiently at home for officers to arrive to take Wendy’s details – but it was already too late.
At 12.30 that same day, the youngster plunged from a bridge on to the A12 in Leytonstone in front of horrified onlookers.
One car swerved to avoid her, while another car and a lorry stopped and blocked both lanes to protect her.
Maggie Woolf, 62, an archery coach from north London, was in the second car and called 999.
She said: “We tried to help her but I think she was already gone.”
Police are still investigating the death but are not treating it as suspicious.
Mrs Maguire, an administration assistant at Marks and Spencer, adopted Wendy, originally her niece, at the age of four as her mother was too ill with heart disease to care for her.
She brought her up as her own with her husband Niall, 49, a taxi driver.
Wendy was described as a happy, popular girl who loved her three sisters, Alicia, 25, a nursery practitioner, Vivianne, 19, a photography apprentice, and student Annie, 16.
She was predicted A and B grades at GCSE and was planning to take A-levels in Accounting, Business, Maths and English.
She also loved sports and was on the basketball team at school.
Mrs Maguire added: “She has never been in trouble before and she had everything to live for.
We have no idea what happened to her in the time between when she left the school and when she was found.”
The family are now cooperating with the police and have asked for their privacy to be respected.
The post mortem is expected to take place this week.
Frankie Maguire, headmaster at the school, said it would not be appropriate before the inquest takes place.
But he added: “Wendy’s death was an unspeakable tragedy that has also shocked the whole school community and is a sad loss of a young life. Wendy joined the school as an 11-year-old and has always been a bright, cheerful, hardworking girl. She had a very promising future ahead of her and was well liked by her teachers. She enjoyed a wide circle of friends and took part in all aspects of school life. May she rest in peace.”
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