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Two kids airlifted to hospital after inflatable slide collapses at school

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LAGRANGE, GA (CBS46) -

A group of 5th graders were injured after an inflatable slide collapsed at a school early Friday afternoon.

The slide collapsed inside the gym at Rosemont Elementary School in LaGrange shortly before 1 p.m.

Two kids were airlifted to Children's at Egleston Healthcare of Atlanta, and five were transported by ambulance to West Georgia Medical Center.

Troup County schools confirmed just before 8 p.m. Friday night that all students had been released from the hospital.

No rescues were necessary, and no kids were trapped in the collapse, although authorities did describe the scene as "chaotic."

The Troup County School System issued an official statement Friday evening:

This afternoon, a group of 5th grade students participated in an Accelerated Reader Celebration in the gymnasium at Rosemont Elementary School.  An inflatable slide used as a part of the festivities unexpectedly collapsed with several students on it. School personnel immediately contacted emergency medical and law enforcement officials. Several students reported injuries. Five children were transported by ambulance to the local hospital, West GA Medical Center. These students have been examined by medical professionals and have since been released. Two children were airlifted to a hospital in the Atlanta area, and one student has since been released. The reason for the collapse is currently under investigation. School officials are working closely with the Troup County Sheriff's Department to determine the cause.

"We care about our children. They are our priority, and we are deeply saddened by this unfortunate accident," said School Superintendent Cole Pugh. "We will continue to work closely with law enforcement officials to determine the cause. Please keep our children, families, and school staff in your thoughts as we recover from this incident."

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