An eight-year-old boy has died after he fell through a roof at a New Zealand school.

Justin Reid was playing with his older brother on Saturday, November 4, when it is believed he was lifted on to the corrugated iron roof at Cloverlea School in Palmerston North.

The boy then fell through a perspex strip and landed on his head.

The New Zealand Herald reports Justin was taken to hospital in a critical condition and was put on life support.

He was pulled out of sedation on Monday with the family holding out hope, but doctors delivered the devastating news that Justin was brain dead.

They made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support.

Justin was the youngest of five children.

He was known as a miracle child because his mother, Angela Reid, had her fallopian tubes tied after having four children.

Shortly after this, she became pregnant with Justin.

Ms Murphy said it was hard to understand why Justin was on the roof of the school because he wasn’t exactly a dare devil.

RIP young Justin. Our thoughts are with the family.

Share your comments below.

Image via fundraising page

  • Such a tragic accident, I feel so sorry for the family, friends and school


  • Terrible thing to have happened, but unless there is supervision the children shouldn’t be at the school grounds over the weekend.


  • Fair comment. It was a Saturday so why were the kids on school grounds? Were they there for a sports event. Sadly many parents can’t be bothered being supportive parents and spectators….some as an excuse for “me” time. It is an accident that should never have happened. Perspex is not make to be walked on or anything one on it for that matter. It is only suitable as shelter etc.


  • I honestly don’t care if anyone gets offended by this comment but where were the parents?? I feel awful the poor boy has died. But this was preventable.


  • Very sad indeed, and if the older brother lifted him, difficult in so many ways.


  • What an awful accident. 8 year olds should not be able toget near a roof.


  • Such a terrible tragedy and waste of a young life. Where was the supervision. RIP Justin.


  • What a tragic accident – RIP Justin and condolences to the family x


  • Children can’t foresee consequences. Poor young boy. My condolences to his family.


  • Heartbreaking. RIP little man x


  • How sad is this. Praying comfort and peace over the grieving family.


  • Heartbreaking. Rip little boy.


  • RIP darling boy. So sad. Condolences to the family


  • Oh what a terrible thing to happen. Heartbreaking.


  • how terrible. My thoughts go out to the family.


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by you browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating