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Questions remain in slide mishap

Asia Ashley Staff Writer

October 24, 2013

The slide incident that left several students injured at Rosemont Elementary School Friday has raised questions as to what caused the tragedy.


Two students were flown to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and six others were taken by ambulance to West Georgia Health for the injuries they received during the incident.


The Troup County Sheriff’s Office is not officially conducting the investigation due to the incident being a non-criminal matter, however, their investigators conducted a general investigation into the incident.


Sgt. Kelly Ellington, an investigator for TCSO spoke with the five teachers this week who were in Rosemont’s gym at the time.


A group of about 18 fifth grade students were brought into the gym Friday afternoon to participate in the school’s Accelerated Reader celebration.


According to Sheriff James Woodruff, per Ellington, there were four different stations inside the gym that the students were divided into, which included bowling, basketball, bean bags and the inflatable slide.


The teachers told Ellington that at some point during the recreation several students ran and got onto the slide at once. There were “too many students on the slide” and it caused the approximately 24-feet inflatable to tilt, said Woodruff. The teachers were attempting to hold up the slide, but several of the students fell off. A teachers unplugged the inflatable right after.


Tina Duckett, Troup County School System’s public relations director, in an initial statement said that the slide had “immediately collapsed.” TCSS is still investigating and Woodruff said his office has officially closed its investigation into the incident.