The family of an Ohio teen is grieving after their child was crushed to death in a minivan last week. According to Fox News, the grieving family actually walked out of a meeting with Cincinnati leaders on Tuesday, with the boy's uncle yelling angrily that one of the councilmembers had "crossed the line!"
The family Kyle Plush, the boy who was killed, sat in the front row for five hours as city leaders detailed issues with the 911 center. They also heard testimonies from current and former employees. At the end of the meeting, Councilman Wendell Young summed up the hours-long conversation with the following statement: "Everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong."
This is when the family erupted in anger. The boy's uncle then began to yell.
"You know what, stop this right here," he said. "This is the most insensitive thing I've ever heard! You guys were doing wonderful 'til this guy started talking. I'm tired. You've crossed the line! You have crossed the line."
Young claims that his intention was never to offend the family. Quite the opposite, in fact. He claims that for a brief moment, he forgot to take into consideration that feeling in the room was still very, very raw. Especially since the meeting was entirely about how the government's protection services failed this family and, through inefficiency, was not able to protect and serve young Kyle Plush.
The councilman has apologized.
“I feel blame personally, and I think we all should," he said. "Regardless of who’s at fault. Things didn’t go the way they were supposed to go and that is on us. I’ve said it to the family and let me say it again: 'I'm sorry.'"
Fox News reports that Plush suffocated after becoming trapped under the third row of seats that flipped and pinned him down while he was reaching for his tennis equipment. The teenager called and told 911 operators where he was located, but unfortunately, authorities weren't able to find him.
A deputy was sent directly to the scene soon after the call, but he couldn't find anybody trapped inside the van. He then concluded that the entire call had been a mere prank.
Noticing that nobody was coming to help him, Plush called 911 one more time. But the operator failed to relay information to the additional officers who were at the scene. Plush claimed in the second call that he clearly wasn't joking.
I am trapped," he said, "inside my gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of the Seven Hills... Send officers immediately. I'm almost dead."
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