VIRGINIA – A 9-year-old boy has died in a freak accident at Franconia Elementary School, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a news release.
The boy, who was in the School Age Child Care (SACC) program at his school on Beulah Road, was in the gym at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon.
The child, Wesley Lipicky, and a teacher, both simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition that splits in the middle.
The boy suffered traumatic head injuries when he was caught between the partition and a wall.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital last night. An autopsy performed this morning found this to be an accidental death.
No charges are expected in this tragic case.
“We will miss Wesley very much,” she wrote. “He was an endearing child whose bright smile and enthusiasm for school inspired the love of all who knew him.”
Edmunds-Heard said there will be counselors at Franconia to support students, staff, and parents in the days ahead. “The team will help our classroom teachers talk with students and handle their questions and reactions,” she wrote in her letter.
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand said in a statement to FOX5 that the school district is “working closely” with law enforcement to review the accident, and “to review safety protocols and procedures.”
We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and everyone involved.
R.I.P. little buddy.