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Ceiling gives way at USVI school; teacher injured

September 23, 2013

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands say part of a ceiling collapsed at an elementary school and injured a teacher. No students were harmed.

A statement from the islands’ government says the teacher was walking between two classrooms Monday morning when a section of a balcony ceiling gave way. The injured woman is being treated at a hospital.

Concerned parents rushed to Joseph Gomez Elementary School in St. Thomas along with emergency responders.

Gov. John de Jongh says investigators will determine what happened and why.

Engineers and contractors are examining the damage. The building where the ceiling gave way houses three classrooms.

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