Urgent school checks after wall collapse tragedy

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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Council surveyors will be checking school buildings in Edinburgh following a wall collapse which killed a pupil at Liberton High School yesterday.

Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, died yesterday morning when a free standing wall in the school’s gym changing room fell on top of her.

The council will now be carrying out urgent checks of similar walls despite a full survey of schools last year.

A council spokesperson said: “Police investigations are ongoing, however we understand that the wall that collapsed was a free standing modesty wall in a changing room.

“A full survey of our schools, including Liberton High School, was carried out in 2012/13 and no concerns with this wall were identified.

“However, as a precaution, specialist council building services staff will be surveying all similar walls in schools where we know that they exist. The survey work will begin early tomorrow (2 April).

“As a further precaution, a full survey will be carried out on Liberton High School in the coming days before the main school building re-opens to pupils.”

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