FFA Responds to Death, Accidents at Convention
The FFA is responding to the recent death of one of its members in Indianapolis from H1N1 flu.
FFA spokeswoman Kristy Meyer says the organization is sending its thoughts and prayers to the family of 14-year-old Lauren Merklein of Kiowa, Kansas.
The teen was in town for the FFA Convention when she fell ill Friday evening and collapsed in her hotel room. She died Sunday at Riley Hospital for Children.
Officials say Merklein had a pre-existing heart condition which contributed to her death.
The convention this year was plagued with injuries and accidents.
A teen member from Texas nearly died after falling 41 feet over a railing in Circle Centre Mall.
A school bus transporting 13 FFA members from Madison, Missouri collided with a Lincoln Town Car on the city's southwest side, injuring the 33-year-old female driver of the Lincoln. One of the 13 students on the bus was slightly injured.
Meyer says parents should not be concerned about safety because the student-chaperone ratio of ten-to-one is always met and usually exceeded.
More than 55,000 FFA members attended the convention.
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