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Pupils 'shaken up' as part of ceiling crashes down during primary school lesson

Published 29/09/2016

The damage caused when a ceiling came crashing down during a lesson at Killyleagh Primary School in Co Down
The damage caused when a ceiling came crashing down during a lesson at Killyleagh Primary School in Co Down

Primary school pupils have escaped injury after part of their classroom ceiling came crashing down during a lesson.

A section of the plasterboard-type ceiling fell on to desks inside Killyleagh Primary School in Co Down while around 25 P4 and P5 pupils were being taught on Thursday morning.

The incident was caused by a build-up of water from a leaking pipe in the ceiling.

None of the children were directly struck by the falling debris, even though some landed on the desks they were working at.

Principal Jason Milligan said he was thankful no-one was injured.

"The children were pretty shaken up," he said.

"We were able to bring them down to a spare classroom and settle them, and normal lessons resumed.

"We are just thankful no-one was injured."

It is understood the leaking pipe was reported to education authorities a number of weeks ago.

A spokeswoman for Northern Ireland's Education Authority (EA) said: "The Education Authority was alerted to an incident in Killyleagh Primary School today.

"Part of the ceiling in one of the classrooms came down due to a small leak in a pipe.

"No children were harmed in this incident. All children were moved immediately to another classroom and parents were informed. The school day continued as normal.

"An EA officer attended the school immediately and arranged for repair of both the leaking pipe and the ceiling. The classroom will be fully operational again tomorrow."

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