Pupils and staff at The Nicolson Institute face news today of the death of S4 pupil Anton Michael yesterday (Tuesday, December 12th).
The tragic incident occurred at the secondary school in Stornoway yesterday afternoon as it was reported that a 15 year old boy had been found injured within the school building.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 2.30pm and Mr Michael was conveyed to Western Isles Hospital where he later passed away.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said they are launching support systems for teachers and pupils attending The Nicolson Institute, however this morning (Wednesday, December 13th), a number of pupil parents have taken to social media to comment on the lack of information being delivered to parents.
Posting on Facebook, one parent said: “Is it just me or has no one received any communication from the Nicolson Institute following yesterday’s tragic incident at the school? It’s in the newspapers but I have still only been told about it by my son.”
Fellow pupils laid flowers in tribute to Anton this morning
Speaking this morning at the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee, Council Leader Roddie Mackay said of the tragedy: “Before we begin our deliberations at committee today can I just reflect for a minute on the tragic events which unfolded yesterday just a short distance from this chamber.
“Our thoughts are very much with the family of Anton Michael, who was just 15 years old and attended class S4 in the Nicolson.
“We do take important decisions on committees, decisions which can affect our constituents in different ways and which deserve to be taken seriously, but when terribly sad events like this touch us so closely it surely gives us a sense of perspective and proportion.
“I should also say that we are mindful of the pupils and staff in the school and steps have been taken to provide all the necessary support at this time and of course extending the same support and care to our staff, particularly those directly involved in yesterday’s events.”
Flags at the Comhairle office fly at half-mast as a mark of respect today