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Teenager dies after cheerleading stunt

High school freshman landed chest-down in teammates' arms



Updated: 11:07 a.m. ET Aug. 11, 2005

TEWKSBURY, Mass. - A high school freshman died after she was tossed in the air during a cheerleading routine and landed chest-down in her teammates’ arms, authorities said.

Ashley Burns, 14, complained of abdominal pain and had trouble breathing shortly after the stunt, police Chief Alfred P. Donovan said.

“She said she thought she had the wind knocked out of her,” he said. “She was talking, but her condition worsened rapidly.”

Paramedics took Burns to a hospital in Lowell, where she died. The exact cause of death was not yet known, but it appeared to be accidental.

Burns and her teammates were practicing a stunt in which the other girls held her by one foot and tossed her in the air. She was supposed to twirl twice before landing on her back in the arms of her teammates, but Burns did not rotate fully and landed instead on her stomach, said her coach, Julie Brown.

James Deveney, principal of the middle school Burns attended until June, told The Boston Globe that she missed part of the last school year with an undiagnosed stomach-related illness. But it was unclear whether that had anything to do with her death.

Linda Bernis, co-owner of the East Elite Cheer Gym where the girls were practicing, declined to comment pending the outcome of the investigation. “Our sympathy is with the family right now,” she said.
Burns was an incoming freshman at Medford Vocational-Technical High School and had cheered for years on a Pop Warner team. She had just made the team at Medford High School, which shares sports with Burns’ high school.

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Sad for the parents. Horrible horrible accident.:(
 
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