Student Life Flighted After Industrial Incident During Tech Center Class

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Update from student's family; Initially life-saving measures were necessary, now he is expected to survive

(CARTHAGE, Mo.) — Carthage School officials tell us that an incident occurred in a welding lab class at the Carthage South Technical Center shortly after 10:00 AM Friday.

“Blake is out of surgery and in recovery and doing well.  The surgeon was very positive about the outcome.  Blake has sustained an injury to the lower portion of his face which will require some reconstruction.  Full recovery is expected. The surgeons will monitor his recovery and make future plans accordingly.  The family appreciates your prayers for Blake, his family, his teachers and students.”

Statement from Students Family via Carthage Schools

He was injured when a pressurized box blew apart in his face.

He was the only one reported injured, transported to Mercy Carthage and then Mercy Lifeline Helicopter to a Springfield area hospital.

He’s now being treated for serious injuries including lacerations in Springfield. They are not expected to be life threatening.

Carthage police mapped out the scene with but do not believe the incident is crime related.

Carthage High School Principal Matt Huntley states it happened in class and other students witnessed it. “We have counselors on staff who are with some of our students right now.”

All other students and staff are fine, no injuries, but he states, “things are emotional.”

Huntley goes on to emphasize, “This was an accident that happened in class, during [a] course project.”

Friday at noon this was posted to social media.

Carthage Police and Carthage School Resource officially Chad Dininger tells us that this was an isolated incident. It did not go any further than the classroom.

It’s also important to note the Carthage Tech Centers service other school districts. At this time it’s not known what other schools had students present in the class where this incident occurred.

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The entrances to the rear of the South Tech Center were covered by tape as an active investigation.

Carthage Police were present on the scene and were visible going in and out of the building. We were not allowed inside but it was obvious this was part of an investigation.

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