ZILLAH, WA - What started off as an ASB event at Zillah High School turned tragic when a large inflatable with went airborne, injuring four students. One 18-year-old girl is currently in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for 18-year-old Kirsten Tackett to help assist with the financial burdens her family now faces. The GoFundMe has already raised $10,000 of the $15,000 goal in one day.
At about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, a strong gust of wind pulled the anchoring stakes loose and picked up an inflatable interactive game provided by All About Fun, LLC. One eyewitness says it was carried as high as a telephone pole wire, which is about 25 feet. This injured four students including Tackett; before the reported incident, a fifth student was injured in a separate activity.
A Zillah High School news release states: "At approximately 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, an accident occurred at Zillah High School during an Associated Student Body event. Five students were injured; the extent of their injuries are unknown at this time. Our hearts go out to the students, parents, and staff of those involved. Administration is currently looking into this matter."
Police investigation determined that safety protocols had been met and the equipment was in serviceable, working condition.