A Western Isles panel which co-ordinates public protection has met following the
tragic incident at The Nicolson Institute.
The members of the chief officer’s group (COG) - which is comprised of senior officers
from health, education and social work said they wish to convey their heartfelt sympathies
to the family of Anton Michael at this sad time.
In a statement the group said: “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 statement continued: “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.
The group encourage everyone to use this service or other support services that may
already be available to them.
The Chief Officer’s Group said it will consider the requirement for any further review
following this incident.
Public protection group issues statement following Nicolson Institute tragedy