By Euro Weekly News Media • 03 February 2013 • 7:00
SAFETY FIRST: parents at the condemned Rojales school send children with safety hlmeets as school remains open in the high winds
PUPILS were sent home from school after strong winds smashed windows.
Student at IES Los Alcores school in San Miguel de Salinas, Daniel Broadhead said: “The pressure of the wind caused the windows to collapse through the roof in to the hallway. At our next lesson we were all told to leave as the school was closing.” Daniel’s mother Rachel said they had a lucky escape: “It could have been much worse if children had been walking through the corridor.” The school remained closed for two further days until a safety inspection had been carried out.
However, one school which did not close it’s doors was the Príncipe de España in Rojales. Parents were so outraged at the decision that many kept their children home. The following day, pupil’s arrived with safety helmets on in protest against what their parents describe as dangerous and crumbling walls around them. In response to the criticism, Rojales Councillor for Education, Tatiana Cañizares, said the Mayor had called the head teacher at the school but it was decided to remain open due to the large number of students who stayed on the premises for lunch. “We could not get the pupil’s home as a lot of the parent’s are working.” The councillor added, “We did what we should do and followed procedure.”
The Emergency Department of Orihuela ordered the closure of parks and sports facilities as strong winds once again hit the region.
They advised schools not to do any outside activity and in the city’s Virgen del Camino school 43 primary school students were evacuated from the prefabricated classrooms until the department technicians proved the safety of the building.
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