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Funeral of pupil killed in wall collapse to be held

The funeral of a 12-year-old Edinburgh school girl who was killed when a wall collapsed on her will be held later today.

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Liberton High
Liberton High School, in south Edinburgh will re-open after the Easter break. Credit: PA

Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally hurt when a free-standing wall collapsed on her at Liberton High School on April 1.

Her family have asked mourners to wear bright colours to the funeral and it is believed her friends will wear onesies for the service at Mortonhall Crematorium.

The school is due to open on 22 April following the Easter break.

The gym building where Keane died will remain closed, and could be demolished following the completion of a police investigation.

Read: Girl, 12, killed by school wall collapse 'was our princess'

Council vows to prevent repeat of tragic wall collapse

Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12
Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, died after a wall collapsed in a changing room at her school. Credit: Facebook

Edinburgh City Council says it has cordoned off a number of areas in schools after a wall collapsed on and killed 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett.

An investigation by the council into walls at several schools found no concerns, but some areas had been sectioned off "as a precaution until the end of term".

The council's chief executive, Sue Bruce, said: “This has been a dreadful incident and my deepest sympathies, and those of my colleagues, are with the family and friends of Keane.

“The Council has taken immediate action and we are determined to provide reassurance to parents, pupils and the people of Edinburgh that we will do everything in our power to prevent anything like this happening again.

Read: Girl, 12, killed by wall collapse 'was our princess'

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Keane's mother lays flowers outside school

Keane Wallis-Bennett's mother laid flowers in the playground of Liberton High School.
Keane Wallis-Bennett's mother laid flowers in the playground of Liberton High School. Credit: ITV News

The mother of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett, who died after a wall collapsed at Liberton High School in Edinburgh yesterday, visited the school to lay flowers at the growing floral tribute to her daughter on the playground.

This evening, the family released a statement saying their "princess" would be "sadly missed by family and friends".

Read: Keane 'was our princess who dreamed of being Prime Minister'

Tributes for the 12-year-old have being growing since she died yesterday.
Tributes for the 12-year-old have being growing since she died yesterday. Credit: ITV News

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Keane 'was our princess who dreamed of being PM'

The family and friends of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett, who died after a wall collapsed at Liberton High School in Edinburgh yesterday, issued the following statement:

Keane will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

She was our princess who dreamed of being Prime Minister.

But failing that, a beautician.

She loved her girlfriends and her days out shopping with lunches and all things girly.

She recently attended her first under 18s disco and loved every second of it and was excited to be going to see One Direction in concert.

The family request that they be left alone to grieve while they come to terms with the loss of Keane. They will be making no further comment to the media.

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PM: School wall accident 'absolutely shocking'

David Cameron has called yesterday's wall collapse which left an Edinburgh schoolgirl dead "absolutely shocking".

Addressing MPs at Prime Minister's Questions, he pledged that such accidents would not be allowed to happen again.

This was an absolutely shocking accident that people will have seen across the country and their hearts will go out to the family and all those involved in the school. Clearly the lessons will have to be learnt to make sure tragic accidents like this can't happen again.

Minister: Wall collapse school 'fraying and fragmenting'

The school where a 12-year-old pupil died after a wall collapsed has had "difficulties with fragmenting and fraying to the fabric" of the building, according to a Scottish government minister.

Liberton High School in Edinburgh where 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett died yesterday Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill insisted Edinburgh council were doing a "good job" on school maintenance, despite financial pressures.

He also sought to reassure parents that "everything that needs to be done immediately is being done" to make sure Liberton High School is safe.

Yesterday Edinburgh Council said they were not aware of any prior concerns about the wall.

Building checks after girl's death in wall collapse

Urgent school building checks will begin today after a 12-year-old pupil died when a wall in a PE changing room collapsed on her.The girl, named locally as Keane Wallis-Bennett, was pronounced dead at Liberton High School in Edinburgh shortly before 10am yesterday.

Building checks will begin at the school today.
Building checks will begin at the school today. Credit: ITV News

Read more: Schoolgirl, 12, dies after changing room wall collapse

Pupils were sent home early, while police and health and safety officials launched an inquiry.

Edinburgh City Council said the wall that collapsed was a "free-standing modesty wall", and all other such walls in its other schools are to be checked by building surveyors, starting this morning.

The school will not reopen this week and a full council survey of Liberton High will be completed before pupils return from the Easter holidays in three weeks.

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