Liberton High School

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The tragedy that befell Liberton High School last week was absolutely devastating for all those involved with the School.  My thoughts are with Keane’s family and friends, and all the teachers and pupils, particularly Head teacher Stephen Kelly.  It follows the recent death of fellow Liberton pupil Jamie Skinner who died suddenly  whilst playing football in December.

libertonLiberton is a school well rooted in the local community but one tragedy is enough for any school to cope with let alone two in such a short space of time.  I hope that the investigation into this sad incident can happen quickly and that lessons can be learnt so that this never happens again.  We owe that to the memory of Keane.

I gave my reflections to Evening News earlier this week.

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I also raised the double tragedy that has devastated Liberton High School in the House of Commons at last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions.

Ian Murray (Edinburgh South) (Lab):

The Liberton High School community in my constituency was left devastated just before Christmas when 14-year-old pupil Jamie Skinner died while playing football. That heartbreak returned yesterday with the sad death of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett when a fabricated wall collapsed on her while she was at school. I am sure the Prime Minister and the whole House will wish to send their condolences to the head teacher, Stephen Kelly, the staff, teachers and pupils at the school, her friends and of course her family, who sent her to school yesterday morning, for her never to return home.

The Prime Minister:

The whole House will agree with what the hon. Gentleman said. It was an absolutely shocking accident that people will have seen across the country. Their hearts will go out to the family and all those involved with the school. Clearly the lessons will have to be learned to make sure that tragic accidents like that cannot happen again.