Father pleads for changes to State Fair Student Day policies after son’s death at Florida State Fair 2014

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Father, Andrew Joseph Jr., continues the fight for his son Andrew Joseph III. “You don’t have to be an elected official. You don’t have to wear a tie to work. You can be smaller than a fifth grader and see that this whole situation is wrong,” Joseph said. “It has to be a safe place and at this point it’s still not a safe place.”

Andrew Joseph is speaking to anyone he can about the Florida State Fair, Student Day, policies, that he feels contributed to his son’s death.  Last year, Andrew Joseph III attended the Florida State Fair, on Student Day with friends.  The, St. Stephen Catholic School eighth-grader, was later struck by a car as he ran across Interstate 4 near U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, after being ejected from the fair grounds. The 14-year-old died at the scene.

The accident left many questions unanswered in the days after.  A grieving family wanted answers for their son, a straight A student, community helper through the school and athlete. “As his parents, he has given us some peace that we did an excellent job raising him, knowing the impact he had on so many lives,” Deanna Joseph said.

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Recently, Dad attended a Hillsborough County School Board meeting, to speak about the death of his 14-year-old son and changes to there policies on Hillsborough County’s, Student Day at the Fair.

There are a number of new measures being proposed by Florida State Fair management.  Please take part in the discussion.  Your voice may save a life.

For more information on Andrew Joseph please visit: THE ANDREW JOSEPH FOUNDATION

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