According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star this weekend, a 9-year-old child
died on Friday after a large metal gate at an elementary school in Tucson fell on
the child as she was helping to close it. Other news outlets reported the child was
The incident took place at Centennial Elementary School at 2200 W. Wetmore Rd.
about 2:20 p.m. on Friday. The school is part of the Flowing Wells District. The
young girl suffered what were described as “severe traumatic injuries.”
Emergency responders attempted to save her, but she later died at a Tucson
School districts have a duty to reasonably maintain school grounds and
equipment so as to avoid such deadly and tragic accidents. School districts are
subject to liability for failures to do so. Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian have
represented numerous individuals and their families in cases involving serious
injury and death arising out of school negligence.