Keane Wallis-Bennett gran blames trams for death

Keane Wallis-Bennett died after a wall collapsed at Liberton High School. Picture: HeMedia
Keane Wallis-Bennett died after a wall collapsed at Liberton High School. Picture: HeMedia
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THE GRANDMOTHER of Keane Wallis-Bennett has attacked city leaders after the tragic death of her “beautiful granddaughter” at an Edinburgh high school.

Alison Wallis is the first in her family to speak out after the 12-year-old’s death earlier this month.

She has slammed the spending on Edinburgh’s new trams, stating that her granddaughter could still be alive had more money been spent on education.

Keane was killed on April 1 when a “wobbly” modesty wall in the changing rooms at Liberton High collapsed on top of her while she was getting ready for PE.

The 12-year-old’s family have remained silent on the cause of the youngsters death, however her grandmother has now spoken out ahead of Keane’s funeral on Thursday.

Posting on social media, Mrs Wallis said: “Maybe, just maybe if Scotland had not wasted so much money on those stupid trams, and invested that money on education, my beautiful granddaughter would still be alive.”

Over the last seven years Edinburgh Council have spent £776m on the capital’s new trams, while it was revealed that 6900 youngsters in the city are being taught in crumbling schools with “major defects.”

Education chiefs are now said to be pressing ahead with a £30m emergency investment plan to bring all of Edinburgh’s schools up to satisfactory standard by 2019.

Mrs Wallis’ come after Keane’s death certificate, released last week, stated that she had died from “multiple injuries” after the wall collapsed.