Schools in Waukesha, Wisconsin Closed Monday After Multiple Deaths in Christmas Parade Tragedy – NBC Chicago

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Classes at all schools within the Waukesha school district will be canceled on Monday after an accident in which a car smashed into a crowd at the Christmas parade, killing several and injuring at least 23 people.

In a letter, the school district’s leadership said school will be canceled for all students in grades 4K-12 on Monday, and counselors will be available during the day for students seeking support.

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It is not yet clear whether lessons will resume Tuesday, with district officials saying a decision will be made on Monday.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who was affected, with everyone who witnessed the event and with our entire community,” they said.

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Waukesha city leaders spoke at a news conference Sunday after an incident in which several deaths occurred and at least 28 others were injured when a car crashed into a Christmas parade.

Authorities said one person was detained after an SUV drove through a checkpoint at around 4:39 p.m. and then moved into the crowd.

“Some” deaths were reported, but police refused to provide a death toll, citing the privacy of the victims’ families.

One video shows the SUV hitting what appear to be members of a marching band and several others along the parade route before driving. The sound of the band walking before the SUV approached was replaced by a shout.

Police said at one point that an officer shot the suspect’s car in an attempt to stop it.

Police said the scene was said to have been safe and secure in the hours following the accident. The possible motive was not known late on Sunday.

Police said they had advised residents to stay away from the scene as the surrounding streets were expected to be closed at least overnight.

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