Statement - Outer Hebrides Chief Officer’s Group for Public Protection

The following statement is issued on behalf of the Outer Hebrides Chief Officer’s Group for Public Protection (COG) which met on Wednesday 13th December 2017, following the tragic incident at The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway on Tuesday.

The members of the Chief Officer’s Group, wish to convey their heartfelt sympathies to the family of Anton Michael at this sad time, and would ask that their privacy be respected as they come to terms with their loss.

The exceptional work done by staff from all agencies, especially school staff, is greatly appreciated by all. The staff were met with very difficult circumstances, but did everything humanly possible to save Anton.

The death of a young person is felt throughout the whole of the Islands and beyond and our thoughts are with the pupils at the school and the wider community.

A 24 hour confidential support line and counselling service (01851 705600) is in place for anyone who may have been affected by Anton’s death and we would encourage everyone to use this service or other support services that may already be available to them.

The Chief Officer’s Group will consider the requirement for any further review following this incident.

(Note: The COG is the area wide Chief Officer’s Group which co-ordinates public protection and is comprised of senior officers from health, education and social work)