Oliver Renton represented a child at inquest, linked to the death of a fellow schoolboy, who died following a piece of cheese sandwich being flicked at him. Multiple failings were identified as contributing to the death, including: the failure of an allergy action plan to find its way to the school’s medical box; failures by the school to educate pupils as to the dangers of allergies; inadequate healthcare provisions made by the school for the deceased and a failure to check and ensure that medication was in date. One of the children implicated was found to have had nothing to do with the death; the other to have acted childishly and thoughtlessly, but not in a manner intended to cause serious harm.
Whilst the case attracted significant press coverage, this tended to focus more on the salacious aspects of the case and less on the areas that the learned Coroner had expressly hoped would be covered. The Coroner’s determination expressly made mention of the national lack of understanding of the necessity of giving an EpiPen immediately there are signs of breathing difficulty, if there has been an exposure to an allergen and the necessity of giving a second EpiPen just 5 minutes later if there has been no improvement and immediately if there has been a deterioration. It had further been hoped that the media might further have sought to increase awareness of the importance of the availability of EpiPens in public places, the importance of training in their use and the careful monitoring of use-by dates.