Liberton High: Nicola Sturgeon leads condolences

Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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Scotland’s political leaders have offered their condolences to the family of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, standing in for Alex Salmond at First Minister’s Questions in Holyrood, said: “On behalf of the entire chamber, can I express my sincere condolences to the friends and family of Keane Wallis-Bennett.

“Keane’s death on Tuesday morning at Liberton High School is a tragedy that has horrified all of us.

“A thorough Police Scotland and Health and Safety Executive inquiry is of course now under way and I’m limited in the detail I can share.

“I did however speak with City of Edinburgh Council chief executive Sue Bruce this morning. She advises me that the council are of course co-operating fully with the inquiry. In addition they have convened an incident response team and are conducting inspections of all other schools in their area.

“This has been a most difficult time for family, friends, pupils and staff at the school. I’m sure that all of our thoughts, and indeed the thoughts of people across Scotland, are with them today.”

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: “Right across the chamber we share the sentiments expressed there at the saddest of times for the family, and for the school and for all concerned.”

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