A student who was present said that the boys were reportedly standing around and talking in the toilet when the wall collapsed.

Pieces of thick brick wall strewn around due to wall collapse, police officers standing around
news Accident Friday, December 17, 2021 - 12:55

In a shocking incident, three government-aided school students were killed in Tamil Nadu after a toilet wall in the school collapsed on them. The accident happened at the Schaffter Higher Secondary School in Tirunelveli town. Two other students were injured in the incident as well and taken to the hospital. A British-era institution, the school is over 100 years old. 

The three boys killed in the incident were identified as Suthish R, Anbazhagan K and Vishwa Ranjan D. After the tragedy occurred, older students in the institution started throwing stones at the school in anger. A student who was present at the site told Thanthi TV that the three boys were standing around and talking in the toilet when the wall collapsed.

Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation, Higher Secondary and CBSE Schools Association General Secretary Nandakumar said that the government pays for the upkeep of the Schaffter Higher Secondary School building as well as the salaries of those working there, and questioned why the building was in such a poor state and not maintained properly. 

Visuals that surfaced after the incident showed pieces of the thick brick wall strewn on the ground near where it had collapsed, with several police officials and other residents gathered at the site.

Although the building could have been weakened due to the recent incessant rains, the strength of the structure and whether it was habitable at all is still under question.

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