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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.

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. Credit: ITV News

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.


Pupil: Wall in school changing rooms was 'all loose'

Some at the school said concerns had previously been raised about the safety of a wall in the gym changing rooms where a 12-year-old girl died today.

Pupil Tamara Taylor told ITV News that the wall was "loose".

"People were pushing it and stuff, and it went all loose," she said.

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.

Check of Edinburgh school buildings after wall collapse

Edinburgh City Council has said an urgent review of all school buildings with similar free-standing walls will begin tomorrow after one in a changing room collapsed and killed a 12-year-old pupil.

It said that a full survey of the main building at Liberton High School, where the incident occurred, will be carried out before pupils are allowed to go back inside.

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 all 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.

– edinburgh city council

Council 'not yet aware' of any previous wall concerns

Asked whether the council was aware of any concerns about the wall prior to today's incident, Andy Gray, head of schools and community services at the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

We are not aware of that at this stage.

We are working with the police and the Health and Safety Executive to really find out thoroughly what has happened today.

Superintendent Matt Richards said:

At the moment the Health and Safety Executive and the police will meet tomorrow morning to decide the lead.

We're working with the council as well to ensure we get to know exactly what happened.

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