School where five children were killed in bouncy castle disaster is turned into a shrine

School where five children were killed in Tasmania’s jumping castle disaster is turned into a shrine as classmates come together to lay flowers and mourn the tragic loss of life

  • People gathered outside of Hillcrest school on Friday after Thursday’s tragedy 
  • Children were celebrating end-of-term on a jumping castle when strong wind hit
  • The inflatable flew 10 metres into the air and five children tragically died 
  • Mourners left stuffed animals and toys as part of a tribute to the children lost

    The classmates and family of the five children who died in the Hillcrest Primary jumping castle disaster have gathered outside the school gates to comfort each other and mourn the horrific loss of life.

    Mourners could be seen crying and hugging one another as a pile of tributes grew outside the school for those killed in Thursday’s tragedy in northern Tasmania.

    On Thursday a ‘mini tornado’ hit Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, where children were playing on a jumping castle set up for end-of-year celebrations.

    The children who died were identified on Friday as Zane Mellor, Peter Dodt, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, all age 12, and their classmate Addison Stewart, 11.

    Hundreds of floral bouquets could be seen lining a hill in front of the school fence on Friday, along with soft toys and emotional written tributes.

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