Teen Falls to His Death On HS Campus, Students Witnessed Body Hit Quad Ground [UPDATE]
UPDATE 2:50 PM: The Glendale Unified School District has confirmed the student's death and are updating previous reports it was a female. The deceased student is a male, and the incident is under investigation. 3:01PM The L.A. County Coroner says the deceased is 15 years old.
3:42 PM: According to authorities, the teen's death was likely a suicide. "Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said the 15-year-old got a running start before jumping off a ledge and to his death," reports the News-Press.
Students at Crescenta Valley High School are recovering this afternoon after several teens witnessed a student fall to his death during lunch from atop one of the campus' main buildings.
The boy, whose name has not been released, either jumped or fell from the Admin building and his body hit the ground inside the campus' central quad. "The fall was reportedly witnessed by dozens of students," notes the Glendale News-Press.
Students are reporting seeing the body on the ground, and that it was covered with a tarp as soon as possible.
The CVHS campus was evacuated, and the students sent to the field to be picked up.
Counselors have been dispatched to the campus in the tight-knit foothill community to help students cope with their grief.
The GUSD issued a statement this afternoon: "Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time. Our first concern is for the well-being of all of our students. Together with our supportive community we will help our students get through this," said Superintendent of School Dr. Richard Sheehan.