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Cults Academy Statement

28/10/15

Aberdeen City Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, said: "I am deeply saddened by the news that one of our pupils has died following an incident at Cults Academy today.

"I am sure that I speak for everyone across the city when I say how shocking this is. I would like to offer my sincere sympathy to the boy's family and friends at this most difficult time."

Aberdeen City Council Chief Executive Angela Scott said: "It is hard to find words to describe this tragic event. We are thinking first and foremost of this boy's family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

"At this point, it is too early for us to get into any further details, and we would ask that the privacy of the family, friends and staff affected is respected at this time.

"We will, of course, continue to work closely with Police Scotland and assist with their investigation as required. We will also initiate a full internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident."

Anna Muirhead, Headteacher at Cults Academy, said: "The whole school has been shocked and saddened by the death of a pupil at our school. He was a very gentle and caring boy, with many friends.

"Everybody in the school is devastated and our thoughts are with his friends and family at what is a very difficult time."

Aberdeen City Council Director of Education and Children's Services, Gayle Gorman, said: "On behalf of Aberdeen City Council, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of the young man involved.

"In order to support the police investigation, the school will be closed tomorrow and Friday, and we will be offering every support to our pupils, their families and our staff."

Aberdeen City Council has set up a dedicated support number - 01224 264299 for those affected by the issues today to call. The line opens at 8am tomorrow.