By Aliki Kraterou

DRAMATIC pics show how a school roof collapsed today, leaving at least 12 needing treatment by paramedics.

Students and staff were evacuated from James S Rickards Middle School in Florida after the roof partially collapsed in the media center at around 10 am.

The roof partially collapsed at James S Rickards Middle School Credit: Ft Lauderdale Fire Rescue
12 people are being treated by paramedics including 9 kids Credit: Ft Lauderdale Fire Rescue

Authorities told Local 10 News that the school principal heard two loud bangs before discovering that the roof above the media center had partially caved in.

Reports say 12 were treated following the dramatic collapse, including nine kids.

Oakland Park spokeswoman Shannon Vezina confirmed that there was a water leak at the school that resulted in the partial roof collapse.

A total of 184 students and 55 staff members were on campus at the time.

Keyla Concepcion, a representative of Broward County Public Schools confirmed the media centre was under construction.

She said in a statement: “Before 10 o’clock this morning, the principal of Rickards Middle was in his office when he heard a noise which was followed by a subsequent noise.

Students and staff had to be evacuated from the school in Oakland Park

“When he went out to investigate and see where the noise was coming from, that’s where he realized that the media center, which is currently under construction, the roof collapsed.

It was confirmed that there was a water leak at the school that resulted in the partial roof collapse Credit: Ft Lauderdale Fire Rescue

“Fortunately, no student or faculty members were inside the media center.

“Everyone has been evacuated to Northeast High School next door.”

Rescue crews used a drone over the building to make sure no one was trapped Credit: WSVN

Oakland Park Fire Chief Steve Krivjanik said a water pipe in the ceiling broke causing a “major structural collapse,” NBC reports.

Krivjanik confirmed no one was injured in the collapse but 13 people were complaining of various injuries related to dehydration, stress and headaches. Five of them were transported to hospitals.

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