GARDNER, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — Police say an 8-year-old boy attending an after-school program at a Gardner elementary school has died after a television and cart fell on him.
The Worcester district attorney’s office said in a statement that the television fell on Colby O’Brien at about 4 p.m. Thursday at the Elm Street Elementary School. He was taken to Heywood Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities say the death remains under investigation, but it appears to be an accident.
The school was back open on Friday morning, as a stream of parents and friends came bearing candles, cards, and stuffed animals.
Grief counselors were available to all 500 students in grades 3 through 5 to help them deal with the tragic loss.
Elm Street Elementary School after-school program runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Authorities are investigating to see what exactly happened.