Boy back in school after falling from Ferris Wheel

Posted at 4:47 AM, May 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-20 04:47:58-04

PORT TOWNSEND, WA (KIRO/CNN) - It was a horrifying scene at a community carnival Thursday night, when three people fell out of a Ferris Wheel. 

Two of the victims shocked many in the town when they resumed their normal routines the very next day.

A 7-year-old that was injured in the Ferris Wheel accident at the annual Rhody festival showed up to Chimacum Creek Elementary School hours later.

"He's back at school today. He is a little shaken up according to the principal, and we had staff there. We had a counselor there. The students were very warm and welcoming, and his mom was able to make it to the school today," Superintendent Rick Thompson said.

Thompson said the boy's mom is the 47-year-old victim who was also injured. 

She was a longtime substitute teacher at Chimacum Creek and a devoted school volunteer.

"She came by to get some support and to see the staff. We're a small district and everybody knows each other. I did see early this morning on the email some efforts to gather some food and support for the family,” Thompson said.

What happened to them was very much on the minds of those who showed up for the festival Friday.

The third victim in the accident is still in the hospital.

State officials pulled the operating permit for the Ferris Wheel, and the carnival operator is investigating what went wrong.

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