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EDITORIAL: District 6 was right to remove the swings, even if it appears nothing went wrong with them

Greeley Tribune - 12/23/2017

Dec. 23--We appreciate the careful and quick assessment by Greeley-Evans School District 6 to determine the safety of its swing sets that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It seems like the proper thing to do after the death of Brooklyn Thill, 6, who became entangled in one of the swings and later died Dec. 8.

The district removed similar swing sets at Centennial Elementary and Northridge and Greeley Central high schools to make sure they're safe to use.

We are not experts, but we are doubtful the district will find anything wrong with the swings. Greeley police ruled her death accidental, and TFH swings didn't have any product recalls.

Still, leaving the swings up may have sent a defiant message or shown the district didn't care about what happened to Brooklyn, and we know just the opposite is true. Christa McAuliffe STEM academy, for instance, and the rest of the district encouraged students and staff to wear pink to remember her.

The swings may even invite blame, and we don't see any reason for anyone to point fingers at this time. We don't believe anyone is at fault, though we also wouldn't blame those closest to Brooklyn for looking for someone or something to blame. Our hearts go out to her parents most of all. We can't imagine their pain, and we appreciate the community's support of them.

Even though this appears to be one of those fluke accidents, it is a terrible tragedy, one that probably will haunt many students who knew her, as well as any district official who wonders if anything could have been done to prevent it.

Those swing sets were a symbol of her loss. We're glad they're out of sight for now, even if we'd support the district bringing them back next year as needed.

-- Tribune Editorial Board


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