Teachers describe fatal wall collapse at Liberton High School

A deadly accident inquiry into the loss of life of a schoolgirl has heard academics inform of the moments after a wall collapsed and crushed her to loss of life.

Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, was fatally injured at Edinburgh’s Liberton Excessive Faculty in April 2014.

In a press release learn to the inquiry, PE trainer Kerry Sweeney stated she heard a bang from a women’ altering room.

She stated she heard pupils shouting and noticed panic on their faces. She described how she discovered a wall on prime of Keane.

She stated she was lifeless, not acutely aware or respiratory.

Each Ms Sweeney and head of PE Stuart Robertson stated no-one had beforehand reported any issues with the modesty wall.

Pair of legs

Ms Sweeny informed the police she had gone to the altering rooms to inform pupils that, due to the climate circumstances, they’d not be enjoying soccer.

“As I entered the gymnasium I heard a bang. There have been a variety of women within the altering room and I assumed somebody had dropped one thing.

“I heard women shouting ‘Miss Sweeney, Miss Sweeney’ and from the panic of their voices I knew one thing had occurred”. She stated the wall was about six toes excessive. “Once I went in I noticed the wall had collapsed.

“I believe there have been three women standing on the far facet. I seemed down and I noticed a pair of legs, however I couldn’t see her face it was coated by a bit of concrete a couple of metre sq..

“I managed to elevate it up and tried to get it away from her head. I attempted to maneuver it with my fingers, however I couldn’t, it was so heavy.”

One other trainer, Nicole Christie, arrived and Ms Sweeney stated they managed to elevate the block onto its facet.

She stated: “I noticed it was Keane.

“There was a variety of blood. She was mendacity on her again and her hair was matted throughout her face.

“She was lifeless. I may solely hear a really, very weak gurgle.”

‘Not respiratory’

Keane, she stated, was unconscious and never respiratory.

The varsity nurse arrived, informed the women to get out, and Ms Sweeney ran to the varsity workplace and dialled 999 for an ambulance.

She informed the police she had by no means heard of the wall transferring and added that if she had she would have taken motion. She had, she stated, by no means seen pupils kicking or pushing the wall.

Mr Robertson informed the police the varsity nurse had come working previous him carrying a primary support equipment and requested him: “The place’s this incident?”

Mr Robertson stated some pupils had been standing exterior the altering space, sobbing and crying. “I realised it was not an innocuous incident and I used to be not ready for what I noticed within the altering room. I couldn’t make sense of what I used to be seeing.”

Mr Robertson stated the wall had fallen and damaged into items, like a jigsaw. He noticed a woman on the ground on her again with Ms Christie crouched down beside her.

The woman, he stated, had blood on her face and her mouth was open. The nurse was attempting to get a response from the woman and Mr Robertson stated he heard her saying “Come on Keane”.

Following a police investigation, it was determined no-one would face prison fees.

Nevertheless, an inquiry was ordered to determine the total circumstances surrounding the incident.

In her opening remarks on Monday, Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen stated the two-week inquiry would give attention to why the wall collapsed, why it collapsed when it did and the property upkeep regime on the faculty.

The inquiry at Edinburgh Sheriff Court docket continues.

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