Touching tribute to six children killed in a bouncy castle accident to mark a year since the Freak Mini Tornado tragedy

A HEART shaped sculpture is unveiled to mark the tragic death of six children in a horror bouncy castle accident.

The youngsters were celebrating their last day of school at Hillcrest Primary School near Devonport, Tasmania when a freaky ‘mini tornado’ threw the inflatable 30 feet into the air.

Peter Dodt, Jalaillah Jayne-Marie Jones, Jye Sheehan, Zane Mellor, Chace Harrison and Addison Stewart died

3

Peter Dodt, Jalaillah Jayne-Marie Jones, Jye Sheehan, Zane Mellor, Chace Harrison and Addison Stewart diedPhoto credit: AAP
A

3

A “freaky mini tornado” whipped up the 30-foot inflatable boat, throwing the children into the airPhoto credit: Universal News & Sports
The children were enjoying the end-of-year celebrations when a gust of wind blew up the dinghy

3

The children were enjoying the end-of-year celebrations when a gust of wind blew up the dinghyPhoto credit: Reuters

Peter Dodt, Jalaillah Jayne-Marie Jones, Jye Sheehan, Zane Mellor, all 12, and Chace Harrison and Addison Stewart, both 11, died in the horror accident on December 16 last year, while three others were injured.

Devonport Mayor Alison Jarman said: “It’s a day that is forever etched in our memories. It’s the day our heart broke for the community at Hillcrest Primary School.

“The tragedy has shaken our close-knit community, and it will no doubt take a long time to do so.”

A memorial event will be held in the city on Thursday – during which the community will be invited to leave a flower or message in the heart sculpture, reports 7News.

The school will also hold a private ceremony on Friday.

“We continue to keep the children, their families and their loved ones in our hearts and thoughts,” Tasmanian Prime Minister Jeremy Rockliff said.

“We will never forget.”

The children were enjoying the end-of-year celebrations when a gust of wind whipped up the dinghy and threw them into the air.

An hour earlier, the graduates had gathered for the bouncy castle, inflatable zorba balls and water play activities as the fun celebrations began.

A hearing was told how a powerful “mini tornado” occurred.

Five of the children who died are believed to have been on the bouncy castle, while the sixth was struck by an object while waiting in line.

A parent told The Australian: “They called it a strong gust of wind but it was more like a crazy mini tornado. And it seems like a freak accident.”

At the time, Tasmanian Police confirmed that a “significant local wind event” contributed to the tragedy.

“This is a very tragic event and our thoughts are with the families and school community, as well as our first responders,” said Commander Debbie Williams.

“There is no doubt that this was a very confronting and disturbing scene.”

The tragedy triggered a wave of grief in the local community and across Australia.

Gifts of flowers were left outside the school and an online fundraiser for affected families has raised more than $1.4 million.

Jarman, Mayor of Devonport, said a dedicated support hotline will remain open to anyone needing help dealing with the tragedy.

“It’s hard to imagine how deeply the last 12 months have been for the families and those affected,” she said.

“I’m sure there isn’t a person in our city who isn’t affected by the tragedy.

“Even if it is still difficult for many to process, it is important that we all continue to support each other as much as possible.”

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6892326/tribute-six-kids-killed-bouncy-castle-accident/ Touching tribute to six children killed in a bouncy castle accident to mark a year since the Freak Mini Tornado tragedy

DevanCole

Daily Nation Today is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@dailynationtoday.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button