Teen dies at school in freak accident after being impaled by a goal post during gym class
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A teen died in a tragic accident after being impaled on a goal post during his high school gym class.
Brayden Bahme, 16, died on Thursday (27 April) at Cheney High School in Washington, US.
Cheney Fire Chief Tom Jenkins told KREM 2 Brayden was running when tripped over and ended up impaling his eye on part of the post.
Despite emergency services arriving within minutes and Brayden being rushed to hospital he sadly died due to his injuries.
In a statement the school has thanked paramedics and members of the public who came to help Brayden.
The school shared a message acknowledging the massive loss to those close to Brayden.
The statement read: "While it is important to allow all the opportunity to experience grief, it is also important to maintain as normal a routine as possible regarding school activities.
"There may be a variety of reactions to the unforeseen loss of Brayden and reactions to loss do not have a timeline."
In a post on Facebook, Brayden's heartbroken auntie Holly said: “It’s with a heavy heart that we share with our family, friends and Cheney high school community that Heaven gained an angel last night.
“My nephew Brayden Bahme passed away from an injury that he sustained at school.
“As you can imagine this is a tragic loss and his parents and siblings appreciate your grace in giving them time and space as they mourn.
“They asked that instead of spreading sadness and anger, we share love and our favourite memories of Bray.”
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help Brayden’s family cover the costs of a funeral, with any extra money raised going towards a youth fishing programme in his name.
The fundraiser reads: “It’s with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Brayden. Our entire family appreciates the outreach of support.
"This GoFundMe will be used to take care of Brayden’s final burial arrangements and immediate needs of the family.
"All remaining funds will be used for a youth fishing program in honor of Brayden ‘fish pockets’ Bahme.”
Tributes have flooded in for the teen, with a former teacher of his writing: “Brayden was one of my 7th grade students. I will always remember him as sweet and kind, and can picture his smile when I think of him. My thoughts and prayers to all his family.”
Someone else who knew the teen from school wrote: “Brayden was my youngest son's classmate. I can’t even begin to imagine your loss. Sending our most sincere condolences. May you find comfort in knowing how loved he was by our community.”
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/steven.bahme/holly.lytle/GoFundMe
Topics: US News