British girl, 17, dies on school trip in New York

A 17-year-old British girl has died while on a school trip to New York, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The sixth form student from Bristol Grammar School was found ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ at the Holiday Inn Express hotel where her school group was staying, on December 19, New York police said.

She was taken to nearby Mount Sinai hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances, but they understood the teenager may have been ill during the trip.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are talking with the US authorities and are providing support to the family.’

Results of a post-mortem examination are not yet available, police said.

In a statement, the school’s headmaster Jaideep Barot said everyone at the school was devastated and support was being provided for those affected.

He added: ‘We have opened a book of condolence and we will consider further remembrance with the family’s support in the New Year.’

The students had been on a trip to New York and Washington DC.

The fee-paying school, which was founded in 1532, has more than 1,300 students aged 4-18 enrolled.

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