Fatal school stampede in China blamed on horseplay

September 27, 2014 10:53 AM

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A stampede that killed six children and injured 26 at a southern Chinese elementary school was sparked by horseplay that caused panic among dozens of schoolchildren, a state-run newspaper reported Saturday.

The Beijing News said several boys were playing in the school in the city of Kunming on Friday when they knocked over several foam rubber sleeping mats. The mats landed on several boys whose screams sent dozens of panicked children down a narrow staircase out of the school building, causing the stam...

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