Posted By Dann

Barely a week after the funeral of popular teenage sports star Jack Foy - who died after a shade sail accident in Hastings, Victoria - four teenagers have suffered suspected spinal injuries after falling four metres from a shade sail they had been sitting on.

Neighbours of the park in Burwood, New South Wales, reported hearing voices in the park around 2 am on Sunday, and speculated that a hole had been burned in the sail by a cigarette lighter, before paramedics were called to the scene at 3.07am.  Park neighbour Sajid Abdul said ‘I heard some sounds like girls and boys chatting… I heard screaming sounds.’

The incident comes only weeks after thirteen year old Jack Foy died after falling through a shade sail atop which he and team-mates had been celebrating a cricket victory at Hastings Westpark Primary School.  A huge crowd gathered at the service last Friday, where Jack’s football uniform was displayed, and Rev. John O’Shea said that Jack had ‘already left his mark in his two short years at secondary school.’

Shade sails came to prominence in Australian schools after comedian Chris Lilley’s character Ja’mie King in the ABC television series Summer Heights High complained of a lack of shade during a transfer from an exclusive private school to public school Summer Heights High.  The craze of climbing on shade sails is also evident in heartfelt tributes left to seventeen year old Gemma Thoms on the PerthNow website: ‘…remember that night that we got pissed and went out with your mate Shane and went to Garden City and climbed up the poles to run a muck (sic) on the shade sails and got all cuts and bruises all over us, then we got busted by the security guard and we gave them false names(?)’




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