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5 Children Killed At School After Jumping Castle Is Thrown 32 Feet Into Air by Strong Winds In Freak Accident

5 Children Killed At School After Jumping Castle Is Thrown 32 Feet Into Air by Strong Winds In Freak Accident

The jumping castle was thrown 32 feet into the air by strong winds, killing five and injuring four kids.

In a tragic incident, five children died after strong winds lifted a jumping castle 32 feet in the air at a primary school in Australia. The students were celebrating the final day of school by playing on the jumping castle when they were swept up by a gust of wind, which also left four other children seriously injured. Tasmania Police said the incident took place at 10 a.m. local time at Hillcrest Primary school in Devonport. Nine students from the fifth and sixth grades were playing on the jumping castle when the wind caused the jumping castle and multiple inflatable "zorb" balls to fly through the air. “On a day where these children were meant to be celebrating their last day at primary school, instead we are all mourning their loss. Our hearts are breaking for the families and loved ones, schoolmates and teachers of those children taken too soon," said Commissioner Darren Hine, addressing the tragedy, reported PEOPLE.



 

 

The students fell from a height of around 10 meters, said the Tasmania Police in a statement. "Police and emergency services, including two helicopters rushed to the scene within minutes and began administering first aid. Sadly, four children — two girls and two boys — died and another five suffered critical or serious injuries and are in hospital." Parents rushed to the school to collect their children as news spread of the incident. 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison also addressed the tragedy on Facebook. "My heart is breaking for those families and children impacted by the tragedy at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania. Young children having a fun day out at school and it all went horribly wrong. I cannot begin to imagine what those families are feeling. It’s just shattering," he wrote. "I’d also like to extend my thanks and support to the first responders to this deeply distressing event."



 

The school has made counseling available for those impacted by the tragedy, including emergency service workers. Commissioner Darren Hine said they will be doing everything to support the community. “Our focus right now is on supporting our community, and all those affected,” said Hine. “The loss of any child impacts significantly on our community and this tragedy is understandably distressing for us all. This incident will impact all of us in different ways so it’s important that we all look after each other at this difficult time.”



 

The Tasmania Police also confirmed that they opened investigations into the matter. Police said it was a gust of wind that lifted the jumping castle into the air but the nearest weather bureau monitoring site about 6 miles away at Devonport Airport did not record anything out of the ordinary, reported ABC.net.au Police are yet to confirm what was used to anchor down the jumping castle.



 

The jumping castle was on campus as part of an event — Big Day In — to celebrate the end of the school year. The school usually holds a picnic but on account of the pandemic, they switched to keep it within the campus. According to the school's community page, "The 'Big Day In' will start at 9:30 am where students will have the opportunity to rotate through a range of activities with their cohort." The school listed "jumping castle, zorb balls, tabloid activities" as part of the items organized for The 'Big Day In,' apart from a wet-play zone with slides and sprinklers, and an art and craft area. "The purpose of the day is to celebrate a successful year and enjoy some fun activities with classmates," read the post. As last year's event was a success, they were planning to hold it within the campus this year as well. 

References:
https://people.com/human-interest/4-children-dead-after-bouncy-house-they-were-playing-in-is-lifted-in-the-air-by-strong-winds/
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