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10:58 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Beggs Schools Evacuated

Beggs, OK –
BEGGS, Okla. (AP) School officials had to evacuate students from a Beggs Elementary School building because the ceiling began to buckle.

Superintendent Cindy Swearingen told the Tulsa World officials evacuated about 520 students to the high school gym after emergency management officials couldn't guarantee the school in eastern Oklahoma was structurally sound. A structural engineer was trying to determine the cause and extent of the damage.

Tuesday was the first day back at school since a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on the area in the past week. Workers were trying to get the snow off the roof.

Swearingen said officials are still evaluating when the building can be made safe again and whether they will have school Wednesday.

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)