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Westwood Community School District Superintendent confirms 12-year-old dies after being injured at homecoming parade in Sloan, IA

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12-year-old sent to hospital after being injured at homecoming parade in Sloan, IA


We have an update to a tragic accident which took place outside Westwood Community School, in Sloan, Iowa, on Friday afternoon.

Westwood Superintendent Jay Lutt confirms to KTIV that the 12-year-old child, who fell from a float during the Westwood homecoming parade, has died.

In a letter to school district parents, Lutt identifies the victim as Kage McDonald, who was one of Westwood's Junior High students.

The following letter was sent to families in the school district:

Dear Westwood Families:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that one of our junior high students, Kage McDonald, passed away today. Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family. Kage had an enormous heart and I enjoyed every interaction I had with him. He was a tough kid who worked hard at everything he did. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew him.

The Westwood Ministerial Association will host a gathering of families tonight (Friday) from 7-7:30 p.m. at the entrance of the football field.

The football game is postponed to tomorrow night (Saturday) at 5 p.m. Students are welcome to stay after the game for food, drinks and fellowship.

We will be offering support services for all our our students and staff during this time as our community grieves. Our counselors, local clergy and our Area Education Agency will be at the school.

Sincerely, Jay Lutt


SLOAN, Iowa (KTIV) - A 12-year-old had to be airlifted to the hospital after being injured during a homecoming parade in Sloan, Iowa.

According to authorities at the scene, a 12-year-old was riding on a float outside the Westwood Community School building when they fell off.

Their injuries were severe enough that they had to be airlifted to a hospital. No other information is available at this time.

The homecoming game Friday at Westwood against Hinton has been postponed. It will now take place Saturday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.

This is a Developing Story. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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