It is a tragedy that has left school leaders, teachers, students and parents across the country in shock. The terrible death of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett, who was killed by a collapsing wall at Edinburgh's Liberton High, has left her family and friends devastated by their loss.
The thoughts of the entire education sector in Scotland and beyond have been with them and with the school community at Liberton. The heartfelt tribute of Keane's headteacher and the many flowers left by well-wishers are an indication of how difficult it is going to be to return to normal school life.
Edinburgh City Council has tried its best to reassure parents, children and staff, not just at Liberton but across the city. Inspections of all schools were carried out immediately, and similar, so-called modesty walls were cordoned off. At a primary school, one was reportedly demolished.
But the repercussions go beyond the city boundaries. Communities rightly assume that our schools are places of safety, where children and young people learn in an environment that may not be the most beautiful or modern, but which can be relied upon to be safe.
No parent in Scotland would send their child to school in the morning in the expectation that they may not come back, and no teacher goes into their classroom every day thinking they are risking their life.
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