Family speak of devastation over toddler’s death

Strathallan Primary School
Strathallan Primary School

A CLOSE-KNIT Kirkcaldy community has been left stunned by the news of the death of a young boy following an accident on holiday.

News of the tragedy was broken to parents of pupils at Strathallan Nursery and Primary School in letters sent out from head teacher Isabelle McBain about the tragic death of nursery pupil Callum Salmond on Tuesday.

Little Callum (3½), of the town’s Fordell Gardens, is said to have died following an accident while on holiday in Turkey.

In a statement released on Thursday evening, a spokesman for the family said: “We are all absolutely devastated by Callum’s death. This is every parent’s worst nightmare and words cannot truly express our feelings at this time.

“Callum was a wonderful son, grandson and big brother and we are completely heartbroken.

“As I am sure you will understand, this is an extremely difficult time for the family and we would appreciate some privacy as we try to come to terms with this terrible tragedy.”

Letters

Shocked nursery staff had delivered the letters to parents and carers as they dropped their children off at the school.

The letter named Callum, who attended the morning session at the nursery which he started in January, and added that he had died following a “tragic accident while on holiday.” It added: “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

It is believed the family also has a younger son called Max.

One parent, who did not wish to be named, told the Press: “It is just horrendous. He was a lovely, energetic wee boy. I can’t imagine what his poor family are going through. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare for something like this to happen.”

A service of meditation and prayer for the youngster was held at Kinglassie Parish Church on Tuesday night, conducted by Rev. Mitchell Collins. Callum’s great-grandmother and great grandfather live in the village.

Councillor George Kay, who represents the area on Fife Council, said: “It’s always terribly sad when things like this happen and my thoughts and prayers go out to the youngster’s family.”

Fife Police said they had not been informed of the tragedy.