November 2, 2015
The First Minister was in Aberdeen to hold a private meeting with Council leader Jenny Laing, Chief Executive Angela Scott and Chief Superintendent Adrian Watson, following the tragic incident at Cults Academy.
The First Minister travelled to the council offices to receive an update on the incident, find out more about the support being offered to pupils and teachers and offer any assistance that may be needed.
Speaking ahead of the meeting the First Minister said:
My thoughts remain with Bailey’s loved ones and, indeed, all of those who knew him following this heart-breaking incident.
“Everyone in Scotland was deeply shocked and saddened by the events last week, and it is important for me to let the council and the police know, in person, that the Scottish Government stands ready to provide any help that may be needed as they support the school community in the weeks and months ahead.
“Bailey will never be forgotten, but as the students return to Cults Academy today, I hope that they can begin to see a semblance of normality and begin the healing process.
“The response to this tragedy – from everyone in Aberdeen – has been truly remarkable and I hope that the community spirit and support we have seen can offer a small amount of light in the city at this difficult time.”
Speaking after the meeting, she said:
It was important for me to come to Aberdeen today to express to the community my sympathies and condolences following the tragic death of Bailey Gwynne last week.
“During the meeting I was also able to pledge whatever support or assistance the Scottish Government can offer to the council and the police at this difficult time.
“I have been incredibly impressed with everyone involved with this incident and how they have dealt with this situation in a very dignified way.
“With the pupils starting back at Cults Academy, I have heard how the Council’s focus is now on getting the young people, as far as possible, back to a sense of normality. I have also been reassured that the appropriate support services are in place for the pupils.
“While this incident is heart-breaking and nothing can lessen the pain for those who knew Bailey, we also have to remember that incidents such as this are very rare.
“Part of what we need to do in the weeks and months to come is ensure that young people and parents across the country are reassured about the safety of our schools.
Aberdeen City Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, said:
I was pleased to meet the First Minister in Aberdeen today and provide an update on the tragic events of last Wednesday and the response from the council and the school.
“This is an incident that clearly had an impact far beyond Cults and Aberdeen, and we welcome the offer of support from the Scottish Government at this time.”