Nine-year-old killed in Alexandria school accident

A tragic accident at Franconia Elementary School in Alexandria has left a young boy dead.

It happened Friday afternoon during the School Age Child Care (SACC) program in the school’s gymnasium.

According to Fairfax County police, nine-year-old Wesley Lipkey and a teacher simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition that splits in the middle. The boy was caught between the partition and a wall and his head was severely injured.

An Saturday autopsy has determined the death was an accident and police say no charges are expected.



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