[The Epoch Times, November 03, 2023](Epoch Times reporter Xiao Jie compiled and reported from Sydney, Australia) A 10-year-old boy from a missionary school on Sydney’s upper north shore died after being trapped under the school’s elevator on Wednesday. The authorities are currently investigating the cause of the accident. . Schools have been closed.
At around 2pm on Wednesday, staff at St Lucy’s School in Wahroonga on Sydney’s upper north shore called emergency services after they discovered the boy was trapped under an elevator. Emergency crews tried to save him, but he died at the scene. Police established a crime scene.
Police were still investigating the matter at the independent Catholic school Thursday. A source close to the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly said police were looking at CCTV inside the St. Lucie school.
SafeWork NSW also launched an independent investigation, with workplace inspectors and lift consultants spending a day at the school.
The accident shocked the local community. The walls of St Lucy’s are covered in white paper hearts signed by pupils from nearby St Edmund’s College. Both schools are schools for children with disabilities.
In a statement, St. Lucie School said the school is closed to students until further notice.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, St. Lucie School principal David Raphael said in a letter to parents that external consultation support would be provided to parents and families.
“Our faculty and staff are thinking of you during this challenging time in our community,” he said Thursday.
“Thank you for your many messages of support and condolences. I read these to staff today at our chapel service and funeral for the deceased student.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and school community as we mourn together.”
Education Minister Prue Car said the boy’s death was “a terrible tragedy”.
“On behalf of the NSW Government, I would like to express our condolences to everyone in the school community affected by this tragic incident,” she said.
“Our thoughts are with all those who are grieving at this time.”
St. Lucy’s School was founded in 1938 by the Dominican Sisters to provide education for blind children. The school eventually expanded to accommodate children with a variety of disabilities, including those with mild to severe intellectual disabilities, autism, and sensory impairments.
For decades, St. Lucie School was an elementary school until it opened for seventh graders in 2019 and will transition to a pre-K through 12th grade school next year.
This is the second tragedy to rock a St. Lucie school in the past decade. In 2016, two students from the school died in a murder-suicide at their home in Davidson, in Sydney’s north.
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