A stampede at a primary school in China’s central Henan province has killed two students and injured more than 20 others, several of whom are in serious condition.
The incident took place outside a toilet where students had gathered to relieve themselves 10 minutes before an exam, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing school authorities in Puyang county.
About 1,700 students took the monthly examinations.
Pressed for time, many of the students rushed the toilets located on the first and second floors of the three-story building. A stampede erupted when the students fought their way down a narrow staircase.
Witnesses said many of the victims did not seem to know what had happened.
Teachers and staff later arrived and helped the injured students who were sent to three local hospitals.
Two students were confirmed dead, according to Beijing News.
A netizen claiming to be a parent said the chaos resulted from the collapse of an outer wall of a toilet. This was denied by school authorities.
The tragedy came just a week after the education bureau demanded full-scale security checks on all of the schools in the county.
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