Liberton High School to reopen after girl’s death

Keane Wallis-Bennett died after a wall collapsed at ''Liberton High School. Picture: Comp
Keane Wallis-Bennett died after a wall collapsed at ''Liberton High School. Picture: Comp
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LIBERTON High, where Keane Wallis-Bennett died in a wall collapse, has been give the all-clear by safety inspectors and will re-open after the Easter Holidays.

A letter has been sent to parents by education officials as friends of the schoolgirl said they plan to wear onesies at her funeral tomorrow.

The mother of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett has revealed close friends of her daughter will come to the service in onesies as the youngster had “loved them”. Keane died on April 1 when a “wobbly” modesty wall at Liberton High collapsed on top of her while she was changing for PE.

Her funeral will take place tomorrow morning in the main chapel of Mortonhall Crematorium, with family members encouraging mourners to wear “bright” colours.

Writing on social media, Abbie Wallis, Keane’s mother, said there was no dress code but confirmed some friends would be wearing onesies, while she would put on something “bright and airy”.

She said: “There is no dress code for Thursday. I know some of the children are opting for onesies which is great as Keane loved them. I’m gonna pass on that though and go for something a little bright and airy.”

Another close family member also urged people to wear light colours. They said: “Wear anything you want. We want to keep it bright.”

One close friend of Keane, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Everyone is wearing onesies and bright colours on Thursday. Keane was a very kind girl and didn’t have a bad bone in her body. She was loved by a lot of people. She was a very close friend of mine and I am missing her. She didn’t deserve to die so young like this.”

Plans for Keane’s funeral come after education chiefs revealed the gym building where the youngster died could be demolished once Police Scotland completes its investigation. They are to carry out a consultation with parents, staff and local families on the future of the block, with options set to include complete demolition.

Councillor Paul Godzik, education leader, said: “We have to have that discussion and it’s right we have that discussion with them rather than just making the decision.”

The council has also confirmed all free-standing walls at Castlebrae High and Leith Academy identical to the one which collapsed will be demolished, with similar structures to be knocked down or reinforced.