Boy Dies After Folding Table Collapses At School

NEW MILFORD, N.J. – A folding table attached to a wall collapsed at a New Jersey school, striking and killing a 7-year-old boy.

Brenden Jordan was attending an indoor recreation soccer program at Berkley Street Elementary School in New Milford on Wednesday night when he came near a fold-down table and benches stored in the wall.

The table fell open and the child was struck by a bench.

Detective Lt. Frank Ramaci says it’s not yet known whether Brenden touched the table.

School Superintendent Michael Polizzi tells The Record newspaper that the table is secured with a key and it’s not clear what caused it to fall. He says the tables were installed about 11 years ago.

The boy was a student at Gibbs Elementary School.

Grief counselors are available at both schools.