In the wake of the playground accident at Christa McAuliffe STEM Academy that killed 6-year-old Brooklyn Thill, Greeley-Evans School District 6 is assessing the safety of its Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant swing sets.
Greeley’s parks department has completed a review of its equipment, city officials said.
Brooklyn, who was not disabled, was is playing around an ADA-compliant swing after school at McAuliffe on Dec. 5 when her neck became entangled in straps that are used to buckle kids in.
According to the police report, witnesses cut her free, performed CPR and called 911. She was taken to North Colorado Medical Center, then to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where she died Dec. 8. Greeley police have closed the case and ruled her death accidental.
According to the police report, the swing was manufactured by TFH Special Needs Toys and had been installed at McAuliffe for barely more than a month at the time of the incident. District spokeswoman Theresa Myers said the district keeps several ADA-compliant swings in a warehouse and installs them as needed so students with disabilities can do more of the same things as their friends at recess.
Myers said the district immediately took down its other ADA-compliant swing sets. She said she doesn’t know when they’ll be put back up.
“We just can’t have this happen again,” Myers said.
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