The distraught parents of the five-year-old boy who died after tripping down concrete steps at school have spoken out, saying they want increased monitoring.

Sufiyaan Ahmad, known as Sufi, tripped on the concrete footsteps at his preschool about 4.30pm on September 6.

His mother has told Fairfax Media every morning when she wakes up, she still sees his face.

“It is evergreen. His smile every morning was so very precious and even now he is no more. I wake up each day and I can still see his gorgeous smile.”

“He was my lucky charm, my ray of sunshine. He was our bundle of joy.”

“There was nothing bad about Sufi, only goodness and kindness,” she said.

“He was just a beautiful little boy, very caring and always complimenting me. He was only five years old, but he was my best-friend. He was very close to his dad as well. Our hearts are broken.”

Hafsa Qaseem and her husband Shadan say they believe that Sufi’s head hit a pole when he fell.

“He had no medical conditions, he was a healthy boy,” Ms Qaseem said.

“He had no marks or scratches on his face.

“We dropped him off at school and he was fine, but he never came home that night.”

The family are calling for increased monitoring and security at child care centres, including a national roll-out of more stringent protocols when it comes to the safety of children and the installation of CCTV cameras in playground. They are also suggesting a buddy system to ensure no child ever wanders off on their own.

“But the loss we have experienced cannot be explained in words. It’s just a feeling that never fades.

“It must never happen again.”


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We can’t stop thinking about this little boys mum and dad. Their lives have just been torn apart.

A five year old boy has died following a freak accident at a Wodonga primary school. It is believed the little boy was in after school care yesterday when he tripped and fell on stairs and died in hospital a short time later.

Paramedics treated the boy, before taking him to Albury Hospital – where he died soon after.

Principal Clint Eckhardt released a statement to the media on Wednesday morning saying his thoughts were all affected.

I’m deeply saddened to confirm that we lost one of our youngest students yesterday in a tragic accident,” he said.
“This news has had a profound impact … and I know that our community will band together and support each other throughout this time.
“We have support available for anyone who needs it at school today and over the coming days.” The death was not being treated as suspicious and police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all involved.

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  • May God give mum and dad strength. No words to express the loss. If I was crying reading it, not sure how mum is feeling who is living it every breath.


  • This tragedy could easily happened anywhere there is steps. It’s so easy to miss one and fall. Staff can’t hold a child’s hand all the time.
    The boy could have been killed instantly or suffered permanent brain damage.
    Condolences to his family, friends, the school community etc.


  • Heartbreaking. This story affected me more because I have a son the same age, and to have something happen to him when I am not there would be too much to bear. I know how easily accidents can happen even when we are within arms reach. I’m not sure I’d ever get over it :'(


  • Oh how tragic. The poor family and the workers at the center. They must all be struggling to comprehend how something like this could happen. Prayers for them all.


  • M y thoughts are with the family,very sad situation.


  • Oh no. Such a freak thing to happen.
    My thoughts are with everyone involved


  • How awful !!
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and all involved, bless them !


  • oh no how sad, condolences to all that loves him. R.I.P. little one


  • Tripping down stairs can happen anywhere. So sad for this family to have this happen.


  • What a horrible accident! How will his family ever recover from such a tragedy? :-(


  • Accidents can happen anywhere, but still, so sad.


  • That is really sad. You expect your child to be safe at after school care, it was a freak accident though!


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