Mikaeel Kular classmates get counselling offer

A girl stands by the tributes to Mikaael. Picture: Ian Rutherford
A girl stands by the tributes to Mikaael. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Children at the school attended by tragic three-year-old Mikaeel Kular are being offered counselling.

Teachers at Flora Stevenson Primary have received coaching from psychological experts, with parents and staff also offered the chance to talk over their feelings.

Mikaeel Kular. Picture: PA

Mikaeel Kular. Picture: PA

It comes as it emerged that Fife social work department continued to handle the Kular family case even after they moved from to Edinburgh. It is not known what involvement social workers had, but Fife continued to be the supervising authority.

Pupils at Flora Stevenson – one of the biggest primary schools in the Capital with more than 500 pupils – have been spoken to in small groups as the community struggles to come to terms with Mikaeel’s death.

Headteacher Irene Brennan said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mikaeel’s family, particular his brothers and sisters.

“I am sure you will recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone at the school but we are determined to work together to support our pupils over the coming days.

“Over the weekend I have met with my depute, principal teachers and nursery staff to discuss how we would manage things and we are receiving advice and guidance from the Children and Families Psychological Services Team on the approaches we can take to support our children. Both myself and my staff are hugely appreciative of the support we have received from our parents.”

Reports Mikaeel had gone missing from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent prompted a huge search as emergency services and the public scoured the area near his home.

The three-year-old’s body was found 30 miles away in a wooded area behind his former family home in Kirkcaldy late on Friday night. His mother Rosdeep ­Adekoya, 33, has been charged with his murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Meanwhile, the former mayor of Machynlleth in Wales, where five-year-old April Jones was abducted and murdered in 2012, offered his condolences to the residents of Muirhouse. Councillor Gareth Jones said he had been “compelled” to pass on his condolences to the community following the news of Mikaeel’s death.

He said: “I have been following the dreadful events as they unfolded over the last few days and was extremely moved by the spontaneous reaction of everybody in your community as you all united to assist and support the emergency services under the most harrowing of circumstances.

“Sadly your efforts were in vain but the solidarity and unity of the people in your area is unquestionable and is to be commended. Their dignity and strength was witnessed by the world and has gained the admiration of us all.”

Meanwhile, a Police Scotland spokesman said forensic teams could remain at the scene where Mikaeel’s body was discovered for several days.