Human Interest At Least 7 Children Killed, 64 Injured After School Collapses in Kenya The country's education minister said the building had a second story that had been built without planning permission By Rachel DeSantis Rachel DeSantis Instagram Twitter Rachel DeSantis is a writer/reporter covering music at PEOPLE. She has held various roles since joining the brand in 2019, and was previously a member of the human interest team. As a music writer, Rachel interviews everyone from rock-and-roll legends to up-and-coming stars for magazine feature stories and digital news stories. Rachel is based in New York City, and previously worked as an entertainment reporter at the New York Daily News after getting her start as an Entertainment Weekly intern. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 23, 2019 03:09 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Khalil Senosi/AP/Shutterstock At least seven children were killed and dozens more injured after a school collapsed in Kenya early Monday. Class had only just begun at Precious Talent Top School in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, when the building, made of corrugated metal and wood, crumbled around 7:30 a.m., the Associated Press reports. At least seven people reportedly died, and another two were in critical condition. “We were in class reading and we heard pupils and teachers screaming, and the class started collapsing and then a stone hit me on the mouth,” 10-year-old survivor Tracy Oduor told the AP. “When we got out of the gate, we heard that pupils were dead. I feel so sad.” The Kenyatta National Hospital said 64 students from the school were admitted, most with minor injuries, in a tweet on Monday. “Our medical team … has managed to contain the situation and the children are stable as they receive treatment,” the hospital wrote on Twitter. Precious Talent was a two-story structure, though Kenya’s education minister George Magoha said the second level had been built without planning permission, according to the New York Times. He added that even if the building owners had tried to get permission to build the second floor, it never would have been approved. Kenya school collapse. DAI KUROKAWA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock “If there was no other story put on top of that building, these innocent children would not have died,” he said. PEOPLE’s attempts to reach a Precious Talent Top School administrator for comment were unsuccessful. Local residents expressed anger over the collapse, which some said could have been prevented had the school used more appropriate building materials. At Least 1 Person Killed, 6 Injured After Crane Collapses on Dallas Apartment Building “You can easily break it with your own hands, as easy as that,” resident Peter Ouko told the AP. “This is chicken wire, not a construction material, and someone had the guts to use this to build a construction for our kids. I think this is basically premeditated murder.” Kenya school collapse. Khalil Senosi/AP/Shutterstock According to the BBC, school director Moses Ndirangu blamed the collapse on a construction of a nearby sewer, which he said may have weakened the buildings’ foundation. Nairobi News reports that the school will remain closed for the remainder of the week as an investigation into the cause of the collapse begins.