The incident occurred at Luu Quy An Primary School in Trung Trac Ward, Phuc Yen Town during break time Friday morning when hundreds of students vied with each other for gifts from a young man dressed as Santa Clause.
The squeezing and jostling led to chaos among students who trampled on each other, causing many to pass out or sustain injuries in the heads or other parts.
The victims were hospitalized at the Phuc Yen General Hospital and some of them were later transferred to the Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi due to critical conditions.
8-year-old B.H., a grade 3 student, was the most sufferer in the incident. He was taken to the Viet Duc in a coma and respiration failure.
After some tests and X-ray's, doctors said he could have suffered from brain and cervical spine injuries.
Another student of Luu Quy An Primary School is being treated at Phuc Yen General Hospital (Photo: An Ninh Thu Do)
Nguyen Thi Duc, head teacher of the school’s 4-5 grade, said the school has adopted a regulation that bans strange people from entering the school during school time but it was unknown why the young man could get in yesterday morning.
The school is coordinating with parents to give care and support to the students who are being treated in the hospitals, she said.