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Tributes flood in following sudden death of Whitstable boy Lee Jemmett

Lee Jemmett
Lee Jemmett

by Katie Alston

Tributes have been paid to a “beautiful young man” who was a pupil at Whitstable Community College.

A Facebook page has been set up in honour of 12-year-old Lee Jemmett, who died last week.

He was due to start Year 8 at the school in September.

Head teacher Helena Sullivan-Tighe said: “Lee was a lovely boy who always had a smile for everyone.

“He went out of his way to speak to staff and tell them about his day.

“He was friendly and caring and will be missed by all at The Community College Whitstable.

“Our thoughts go out to the family and we extend our condolences at this very difficult time.”

More than 330 people have signed up to the Facebook group which was set up on Tuesday, with dozens leaving messages to the “little man”.

Creators of the page, titled R.I.P Lee, have written: “We will always love you no matter what and you are safe with your mum as well.” Tributes saying how much people loved his cheeky smile, brilliant sense of humour and infectious laugh have also been left.

Matt Norris wrote: “I simply cannot believe it. Lee, you were the most gentle, caring, well behaved young man a teacher could ever have in his tutor group.
“You cheered me up when I was down and you made me smile and laugh with your friendly sense of humour. My thoughts are with your family.”

Many have also expressed their shock at the news and at how much they will miss the adorable, fun and special boy.

Leave your own tribute to Lee by posting a comment at the bottom of this story and read more reaction in this week's Whitstable Gazette.

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