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Wednesday, December 12 2018 @ 10:57 PM UTC

Public Ministry Will Investigate Wall Collapse At A School Yesterday

Safety & SecurityThe Auxiliary Prosecutor Dimas Guevara opened an official investigation yesterday to determine whether there is criminal responsibility over the collapse of a wall at the Escuela del Japón yesterday, killing a girl and wounding two others. The Public Ministry reported they are interrogating witnesses and those who were involved in the construction of the wall, starting today. They will also summon school campus authorities and those from the Ministry of Education. Witnesses who saw the wall collapse said it failed when the girls were playing with a rope attached to the structure. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: This wall was about two meters tall, and was a free standing structure located behind the school. It was used to display things like the official emblem of Panama, and other national symbols. This is the first time I've heard the version that there was a rope attached to the wall, and the girls were pulling on it. The wall was apparently built of cinder blocks stacked one on top of the other, with no lateral support, or columns. Also, it was not designed to be an anchor point for a rope to be pulled on and played with. It was supposed to just sit there and hold up signs. Reportedly there were no reports that the wall was damaged or failing because it was probably just fine, until it failed - because the girls were being allowed to use it in an inappropriate manner. But because this is Panama, they will probably fry the poor SOB who laid the blocks in 2005.

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