A file photo shows a concrete bookshelf built in the shape of a panda head in Nguyen Minh Quang Primary School in HCMC's District 9. One door of the bookshelf fell on a kindergarten boy on May 19, who died later of brain injuries.
A kindergarten boy died of brain injuries in Ho Chi Minh City's District 9 on May 19 when a concrete door of a bookshelf fell on him while he was visiting a primary school with his friends.
The boy, Nguyen Tan Dung, and two other children from Son Ca Kindergarten were watching a map in the outdoor library of Nguyen Minh Quang school when the accident happened at around 9 a.m.
The concrete door, measuring 1.1 by 1.5 meter, fell on Dung, make him fall and and hit his head against the floor, witnesses said.
The door was part of a bookshelf shaped like a head of a panda.
Teachers and school guards removed the door and took Dung to Children's Hospital No. 2 but he succumbed to traumatic brain injuries.
The visit was among activities organized to help kindergarten children get familiar with the primary school which they will attend in the coming school year.
The boys' parents, however, said that they had not been informed about the school tour.
When the accident happened, teachers and all other children had left the library. The teachers admitted they didn't notice that three kids were still in the library, but claimed they were too busy handling other children.
School officials said the bookshelf was built by the parents' association, and they did not check the construction quality.
Police said they are investigating the case.