CLINTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Strong storms damaged a Sampson County school Monday afternoon – sending three students to the hospital, CBS 17 has confirmed.
The storm damaged the Union Intermediate School’s gymnasium, assistant county manager Susan Holder said.
Wendy Cabral, a spokeswoman with Sampson County Schools says storms came through and blew the back part of the gym off, but didn’t do much damage to the gym itself.
The students suffered minor injuries when the storm hit around 2 p.m. — causing a partial collapse of the gym’s roof.
Cabral says the building can be rebuilt, they are just thankful that the students will be OK.
“We’re student-centered,” Cabral said. “What a blessing it is that only three students were injured. This building can be rebuilt, but students are our number one priority.”
Cabral says that about 20-25 students were having class in the gym at the time.
Parents have since picked up all the students from the school, on Edmond Mathis Road just off U.S. 421 south of Clinton. The school will be closed on Tuesday, officials said.
Much of the damage appeared to happen to the school’s gym, which had a partially collapsed wall and roof.
“The partial collapse occurred over the stage area of the gymnasium,” a news release from Sampson County officials said.
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