At 15.53 today (August 20th) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar sent out the following media release.

Statement from Rector of The Nicolson Institute

The Nicolson Institute is in mourning today over the tragic loss of our S6 pupil, Hannah MacKenzie.

Hannah was a vibrant and well-liked member of our school community who had recently received very good exam results.

Our thoughts are especially with her parents, her sister, her wider family and her close friends and classmates.

School staff and other specialists are providing support to pupils at this time as they come to terms with this desperately sad loss.

Dr F. Murray


The Nicolson Institute


A previous release from CnES was sent on Saturday 18th August at 14.30 and stated:

"Given last night’s tragic events, we will be posting on social media early this evening.

"Please include the 24 hour contact numbers which are available for support in any further articles/social media posts – 01851 705600 or 07545 886 438."

Then on Twitter at 18.08 on Saturday, CnES said:

"Following last night's tragic events, a reminder that the following 24-hour contact numbers are available for support if you have concerns or are concerned for someone else -  01851 705600 or 07545 886 438.  This is important and we would be very grateful if you would all RT."

There were 157 retweets.