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

The family of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett, who died after a wall collapsed at her school in Edinburgh yesterday, have said: "She was our princess who dreamed of being Prime Minister."

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Headteacher: Keane 'was a popular team player'

Stephen Kelly, headteacher at the school where pupil Keane Wallis-Bennett died yesterday, said:

Keane was an excellent pupil who had a bright and bubbly personality and got on well with others in class.

She was a popular team player who took an active role in projects such as the Junior Awards Scheme Scotland.

She showed a lot of sporting ability and was really eager to contribute to the school for example by clearing litter and planting bulbs in the school grounds.

She had a real presence in class and her friends and my staff are deeply shocked and upset at what has happened.

I am very grateful for the support that our school community is receiving as we come to terms with this tragic event.

He also praised the response of emergency services:

I would also like to thank the emergency services who attended yesterday and everyone for their messages of support at what is a very difficult time for Keane’s family and the whole school community.

Counselling staff are continuing to support our staff and pupils and I would encourage any pupils who want to talk to someone to take up the help available.

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