Sixth-grade boy dies after ball-protection net pole snaps in Shiraishi City, Miyagi Prefecture
MIYAGI – On the afternoon of the 27th, a post of a ball-blocking net set up in the schoolyard at an elementary school in Shiraishi City, Miyagi Prefecture, broke and hit a boy, killing one and seriously injuring another.
According to the Shiraishi City Board of Education, at around 3:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the 27th, six to seven children were playing with a ball-blocking net set up in the schoolyard of Shiraishi No.1 Elementary School when a wooden pole broke and hit two sixth grade boys, one of whom died of head injuries and the other suffered serious injuries to his face.
It is believed that the accident occurred after school, when the children were playing by leaning on or pulling on the ball-net.
A neighbor said, “I wonder if they couldn’t have done something more to manage safety.”
The Shiraishi City Board of Education will hold a press conference at 3:00 p.m. on the 28th to explain the details of the accident, and will also hold a parent-teacher briefing at the elementary school on the 29th.
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