Children Hurt On Playground At Lyons School

Updated 05/27/11 – 3:43 p.m.

LYONS (CBS) — Eight students from a Lyons elementary school were rushed to the hospital this afternoon after a mishap on the school playground.

Supt. Mike Warren tells Newsradio 780 several fifth graders at Robinson Elementary were on an inflatable slide when it tipped, dropping the kids to the ground.

He says the slide was about 15 feet tall and the students landed on the asphalt playground. The slide was at the school as part of an “end of the school year” event.

Lyons police and fire officials arrived about five minutes later to discover an inflatable slide that was flipped over on its side on the north side of the school in a paved lot, according to a Lyons police release. It appeared that children were on the stairs and on top of the slide when it toppled over.

Eight students suffered scrapes and bruises and were taken to area hospitals. The most seriously injured student appeared to have a head injury. Warner says the injuries are not life threatening but required medical attention.

One student was bleeding from the head and dizzy when he was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Warner said.

Seven other fifth-graders were also hospitalized, Warner said. The students were taken with minor injuries to area hospitals.

“They had various degree of scrapes and bumps, and they were scared and upset,’’ said Warner. They were taken to either MacNeal Hospital or to Loyola.

He says he doesn’t know what caused the slide to tip.

“I’m sure we will be talking to the company it was rented from to verify how it was set up,’’ he said.

Police are now investigating. Students are being allowed to go home if parents want to come and pick them up.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Fast Ed

    And the lawsuits begin,…… regardless if they were all standing on one side. Supervision would have prevented that. Cha-ching♪♫

  • MarkH

    How about wind? Duh! There was one on TV last week that got loose during a windstorm and went flying, kids still inside. Those things are not nearly as safe as people think. Ever read the waivers they make you sign? Severe injury or even death – loads of fun. Supervision is key. Too many kids, or big kids, bouncing, can send other kids flying over the edge. But, judging by the weather outside, I’m betting $$ on wind. If it’s anywhere near as windy as it is here in the north ‘burbs, there’s no way it was safe to use that outside today.

  • a parent

    Quit blaming the restaurants!!The parents DON”T have to take them there!!!If the child is overweight it is SOLELY the responsibility of the parent!
    Supervision and common sense would have prevented this accident!

  • Tom B

    There should only be ONE student at a time on the big slide not SEVERAL students. This is bad supervision and the school should be accused of this incident and not the company it came from. They tell them beforehand that supervision is required at all times especially with the extent of the height of the slide. Any inflatable will tipple over with multiple children that’s why rules are given, not to be a pain but for safety.

  • Ron

    I was wondering where all the police/Ambulances were going earlier. Then I get a letter from school with my son talking about what happened, and 2 different news stories online. Theres also pleanty of grass where they could have put this thing…..

    • Vicky

      I was thinking the same thing; why didn’t they set this thing up on the grass?

  • Parent

    One of my kids literally jumped from one of these things. He didn’t get the idea that it was a slide. Fortunately he landed on some padding.

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