Today’s tragedy at Hillcrest Primary school in Devonport is utterly devastating and heartbreaking for all involved.
It is difficult for me to find the right words in such tragic circumstances in which very sadly four children have passed away, four are in a critical condition and one is in a serious condition in hospital.
I am certain that I speak for all Tasmanians in extending my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and loved ones of everyone affected by this tragedy.
For the five children who remain in hospital, our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families during this difficult time.
On a day when school children are celebrating the end of term, so close to Christmas, it is simply inconceivable that this shocking tragedy has occurred.
Tasmania Police remain on the scene, along with Worksafe Tasmania investigators, and these tragic circumstances will be fully and thoroughly investigated.
We stand ready to provide whatever support we can to the families directly impacted, the students, staff, the broader community, and emergency services and our first responders who I know have also been deeply impacted.
I know that this is a strong and caring community that will stand together and support one another with love and kindness to get through this.
I know that I speak for all Tasmanians when I say that we all will stand with you through this difficult time.
My heart goes out to everyone impacted by this tragic event.