A frightening stampede at an elementary school which injured 41 students turns out to be caused by….a lost shoe? Madina, an 8 year old girl at No. 5 Elementary School located in Aksu, Xinjiang, was descending down a stairwell with her classmates when her shoe fell off. She bent down to look for the lost article but as the children were rushing down to the playground, students started trampling over her.
Second grader Rezya Turusun who was also pushed over and buried by up to six other students said, “It was so frightening, everybody was crying,”
Although there was a teacher supervising the students down who tried to pull Madina out of the stampede, she was pushed down as well. Madina was injured the most severely–she’s in the hospital’s intensive care unit right now but is reported to be in stable condition. Another 30 or so schoolchildren remain hospitalized.