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Pupils shocked after ceiling partially collapses in Northern Ireland classroom

By Claire Williamson

Part of a ceiling has collapsed in a classroom of children at a Co Down primary school.

It happened at around 11.30am in Killyleagh Integrated Primary school on Thursday.

The p4/5 pupils escaped injury during the incident and were moved to a different classroom to avoid further disruption.

Principal Jason Milligan told the Belfast Telegraph: "There was an incident this morning where about  a metre square of the ceiling in the p4/5 classroom came down.

"Thankfully no-one was injured at all but some of the children were shocked by it as you would imagine.

"It turns out there was a pipe above the ceiling that was slowly leaking on the ceiling and had soaked in and down it came."

Mr Milligan said work has begun to fix the ceiling and hopes it will be "back to normal" tomorrow.

He said: "I phoned the board and they sent a board officer out who has arranged for work men to come out. They are working on it now and hopefully everything will be back to normal tomorrow.

"The class were able to go to a spare classroom this afternoon to minimise disruption to the children.

"Hopefully everything will be back to normal tomorrow."

Alliance Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong said she was "stunned" at the news.

She said: “This could have been a horrendous incident that led to injuries or even worse if the collapse took place even a matter of inches from where it did. To think something like this happened while pupils sat underneath the ceiling doesn’t bear thinking about.

“During my visit to Killyleagh Integrated Primary School last week, I was impressed by the family-like atmosphere amongst pupils and staff, and know they will resume the normal business of educating our young people as soon as possible.

“I understand staff at the school have been raising maintenance issues with the Education Authority for some time and hope this incident is a wake-up call for getting repairs carried out immediately, so there is no repeat.”

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