Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally crushed after a wall collapsed at her school
Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally crushed in the incident but yesterday a witness told a Fatal Accident Inquiry that a reason for the tragedy had yet to be established.
The 12-year-old girl died in April 2014 when a modesty wall in the PE changing room at Edinburgh’s Liberton High School fell on her.
A subsequent police investigation decided no one would face criminal charges. However, it was decided an FAI would be held to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen said the two-week inquiry would focus on why the wall collapsed, why it collapsed when it did, and the property maintenance regime at the school.
Sheriff Stephen said: “The whole community was shocked by Keane’s death – a young woman who attended school and did not return to her family. School should be a safe place for people.”
When the wall collapsed, children in the room shouted and screamed as Keane lay partially covered by rubble. Staff tried to help but she was dead when emergency services arrived.
Police investigating the incident at Edinburgh's Liberton High School
DCI Keith Hardie, of Police Scotland’s Major Incident Unit, said several children had reported seeing the wall move and two claimed they had told members of staff about this.
I could see blood coming out of her head
However, staff denied any knowledge of this and said, if it had happened, it would have been reported.
The witness was asked if he could answer why the wall fell but replied that he was unable to do so.
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Statements from a number of pupils were read out, including one from a girl who said she saw Keane’s jacket and her head sticking out from under the wall.
Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally crushed in the incident
The pupil, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: “She was not making any noise.
“A teacher was trying to move the wall off her head. I could see blood coming out of her head.”
Another said: “I can’t think of anything that caused the wall to fall over. I had never known it to be wobbly.”
The hearing continues.