A few students sustained minor injuries after the canteen shed in a Chembur school collapsed on Friday morning. A tree on the school campus fell on the canteen roof because of heavy rain and caused a part of it to cave in. Parents alleged a few students were hit on the head, but the school maintained they escaped with slight bumps and bruises.
The incident took place at 10am. A part of the roof of the canteen shed was made of fibre-glass. Two students were slightly hurt when they tried to run from the spot, said school authorities. “Only a part of the roof fell, no one was seriously injured — two students incurred bruises,” said Father Paul, manager of the school. Official manning the fire control helpline confirmed the incident. “A tree fell near the church, but no one was injured,” said the official.
Teachers rushed the students to a nearby hospital for first aid, but the school refuted allegations of serious injuries. “Only two students incurred bruises and we took them to the hospital just to ensure they hadn’t sustained any major injuries. The students were sent home from there,” he said.
Parents complained that the canteen shed was illegal. “The municipal authorities have asked the school time and again to demolish the shed because the structure is against the rules, but the school has been ignoring it,” said a parent, on condition of anonymity.
Following the incident, the school declared a holiday for the primary section, which runs in the afternoon. “The classes were called off because of rain. We did not want to parents and students to get stranded. The decision has nothing to do with the morning incident,” said Paul.