The Straits Times
Published on Feb 28, 2013

Six including principal held over fatal school stampede in China: Official


BEIJING (AFP) - China has detained six people after a stampede at a primary school saw four children die in an incident in which they were crushed against a locked gate, a local official said on Thursday.

The six - including the school principal - were among 12 people being investigated for the accident in Laohekou, in the central province of Hubei, a city official said.

The stampede happened early morning Wednesday when large numbers of pupils left their school dormitory, on the fourth floor, and attempted to exit the block.

The ground floor gate was closed, resulting in the crush.