Liberton High death: Shock and sadness

A police officer lays flowers from a member of the public outside Liberton High School. Pic: PA
A police officer lays flowers from a member of the public outside Liberton High School. Pic: PA
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POLITICIANS and community leaders have reacted with shock and sadness following the tragic death of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett.

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First Minister Alex Salmond was among those to tweet in the wake of the incident: “Shocked and deeply saddened at news from Liberton High. Visited school in December – thoughts today with family, pupils and staff.

Deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Awful news from Liberton High. My thoughts and condolences with family and friends.”

Tory leader Ruth Davidson MSP added: “Dreadful news coming from Liberton High School. Thoughts and prayers with family, pupils and staff.”

Meanwhile, floral tributes have appeared at the school as news of the tragedy filters through the community.

The Church of Scotland said chaplains were quickly on hand to provide support to pupils and staff.

The Associate Minister at Liberton Kirk, Reverend Dave Rankin, is one of the chaplains at Liberton High School.

Reverend Rankin said: “Members of the chaplaincy team at Liberton High School went to the school as soon as we became aware of this terrible accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the girl who has died.

“Ministers and youth workers from a number of local churches were on hand to support both pupils and members of staff as they heard what had happened.

“The chaplaincy team will offer ongoing support and comfort to the school and the local community as the full impact of this tragedy is felt in the coming days and weeks.”

The Moderator of General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Right Rev Lorna Hood, tweeted: “Sadness as we hear of the death of pupil at Liberton High School. Our prayers & heartfelt compassion go out to her family & school community.”

Edinburgh Southern SNP MSP Jim Eadie, whose constituency covers the school, said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic incident, and the thoughts of the entire community are with the family and friends of this young girl.

“Inquiries into the full circumstances of what happened will be under way, and Police Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council will determine exactly what took place.”

Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray meanwhile tweeted: “Tragic news coming from Liberton High School. My thoughts go out to the family and all at the school. Dreadful news.”

Gilmerton councillor Nick Cook said the incident was “tragic and troubling”, and raised serious questions about the safety of city schools, tweeting: “Tragic and troubling news out of Liberton High this morning. Thoughts with family first and foremost but questions must be asked.”