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USC student falls from sixth-floor dorm window after attending rave

Los Angeles police are investigating how a college freshman who had been partying two nights at a nearby electronic music festival suffered critical injuries after falling six stories from his USC dorm room.

The incident involving the 18-year-old male student, who was not identified, was reported Monday at 6 a.m. in a Freshman dorm that abuts Jefferson Boulevard, LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon said.

He suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries and was listed Tuesday in critical condition at a local hospital. The victim's roommate told police that he was asleep when he heard the sound of the window screen being removed in the dorm room moments before he woke up and discovered that the victim had fallen out.

Gannon said that based on the police investigation, it appeared that the student had consumed alcohol, marijuana and the psychotropic drug Ecstasy during two days of "hard partying" at an electronic music festival that had been held at the Shrine Auditorium Saturday and Sunday, Halloween night.

But officials emphasized that they have not determined a direct connection between the event and the student's fall.

Such festivals have come under scrutiny since this summer, after a 15-year-old girl died of an overdose of Ecstasy at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Police are still trying to determine what role, if any, those substances might have played in the incident and specifically, where the injured student may have obtained the drugs, Gannon said.

Investigators said there was no indication that the young man was depressed and it appeared that the fall was due to an accident or related to an altered state of consciousness.

--Andrew Blankstein

 
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Yay ! Go Prop. 19 !! More people falling out of windows = More jobs for our economy.

"Los Angeles police are investigating how a college freshman who had been partying two nights at a nearby electronic music festival suffered critical injuries after falling six stories from his USC dorm room."

I can provide a solution:

College student + exit through open window from tall building + gravity = serious injuries.

I think the investigation should focus not on how the student became injured, as reported by the LA Times; rather it should focus on what led to the student's exodus from his dorm room through his window.

Why are the Shriners renting out their auditorium for raves? That goes against their stated purpose. The Shrine Auditorium website says that, "The Shrine is privately owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company."

It goes on to say that,
"The Al Malaikah Center is part of the Shrine fraternity that was founded in 1872 as an adjunct of the Masonic fraternity, the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Shriners are a social fraternity committed to fraternal fellowship and the organization sponsors the "World's Greatest Philanthropy" the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Al Malaikah Shrine was established in 1888 and is one of 191 Shrine Centers with nearly 500,000 Shriners nationwide."

Shouldn't they avoid events that send people to hospitals?

I hope he gets better and that that his terrible accident isn't blamed on raves... because in the end it isn't the concerts fault its the irresponsible people who can't handle themselves...

definitely not studying to be a rocket scientist

Blackie Chan,

Have some respect. This is a USC student. I pray that he is okay. I can't believe you ignored the fact he is in critical condition despite election day.

As to your comment, have some sense. I think it was maybe Ecstacy that caused him to fall out of the window. Pot smoking is common on college campuses all over. It doesn't lead to incidents like this. Alcohol and especially Ecstacy lead to poor decisions. Hopefully he will survive, adapt, learn from this, and be successful one day.

From one Trojan to another, you're in my prayers.

Snarky letter writers do not do credit to themselves. A kid made some stupid decisions. Parents are sobbing at his bedside. He will never be the same. No one "deserves" this kind of agony and the appropriate response is regret, concern, and prayers.

Say what you will about 'SC, Trojan expresses the ethos that creates the "Trojan family" looking out for their own. And at this moment, I have to credit him/her with the only decency and humanity on this board.

People can and do freak-out very badly on MDMA. The trip can get so bad that the user will do anything to escape. Someone who is tripping for days on X is a likely candidate for this type of psychosis. Too bad this kid's friends or responsible adult didn't see that this young man was in trouble and just talk to him and get some help. And there is help for people who are freaking-out although many drug users (because they don't want to appear weak) just try to ride the storm out by themselves. It doesn't have to be that way. May God grant this young man a full and complete recovery.

give it a rest moralists. alcohol inflicts more bodily physical harm and overall damage to society than any hits from a bong/tabs of "e" will ever do. so before you get on your high-horse about the evils of ecstasy or prop 19 being enacted, think again before taking that shot of whiskey and/or chug of beer. and to those true moralists, the few true teetotalers out there - what the hell do you do to chill?

Thank you LA Times for producing more sensationalized anti-rave/EDM propaganda. Do not blame this student's decisions on the event he attended. The argument here is akin to a argument like this:

We should ban bars because Joe went to a bar, got drunk, drove home, and got injured in a car accident because of his intoxication.

P.S. I know a girl died after EDC. I do not need to see it mentioned in every single article about a rave. Seriously stop it.

Ecstasy can make you do a lot of things, jumping out windows is not one of them.

In the midst of all the b.s. today, there are some more serious things going on. I am hope that this young person recovers and continues his studies (as well as get some psychological help for why on earth he/she would jump out the window after getting loaded... many people get loaded every day and don't do this. He'll need help anyway dealing with the trauma that he caused his/her body).

I do pray for him/her, the family, and those who had to witness it (it gets busy over there around that time).

As a USC student, I have known of countless people in that same building removing their screens and walking around on the ledge. I'm genuinely surprised that this is the first time someone has fallen.

Jumper makes a very apt analogy to banning bars to prevent drunk driving. The vast majority of people who attend raves do so responsibly and without getting hurt. Also, people are going to use drugs whether or not there is a rave to go to. The fault should lie with the student who chose to take drugs (if that even was the cause of the fall) rather than with the rave.

Alcohol makes you fall out of windows not Ecstasy you dummies! DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE

I feel sorry for his parents. Kids are idiots sometimes.

How does this person falling have anything to do with Hard. I went to Hard both nights and it was one of the most organized safest run events I have been to in the past 3 years. This is irresponsible sensationalism reporting on behalf of the LA Times. How do we know what this person did between the event and this incident.? This incident did not even take place at the event so how are they related?
Please LA Times we know news paper sales are down but this is ridicules?

he also ate at mcdonalds maybe we should blame ronald mcdonald. Mad cow disease

Every time I read one of these articles I forward them to my children - ages 24 and 19 (the 19 year old away at college) - hoping that they will read it and realize they are not as invincible as they think.

I cannot even imagine the agony the family is experiencing. This is truly heartbreaking.

I wonder what would happen if they gave equal time to every alchol related incident that ended in injury or death. Not defending drug abuse, but the coverage tells me we live in a society that takes an absurd approach to it all.

Blackie-pot doesnt make someone fall out of a window-idiot

Andrew muckraker Blankstein ---

Not every music festival is a 'rave'. Face it, electro / EDM is pop music now. I've been to raves and I've been to festivals. I've been to concerts. And I've been to college campuses where kids take ecstasy IN CLASS, smoke pot on campus, and drink till they puke, no matter where they are.

You think you're going to get a few more hits on your blog by blaming an unfortunate incident on an easy target, but all you're doing is helping ruin a good thing, keeping regular people from enjoying the best events this city has to offer and discouraging educated people from seeking the truth about the situation.

My heart goes out to the family of this student. Who knows what he did or why it happened. Hopefully he can tell us in honesty soon. Until then, get your facts straight and report the news, not your agenda.

To Kathy, FYI Raves have been going on the Shrine for NEARLY 20 YEARS!!!
Where have you been living??? Not in LA, NOT born yet.

..."Why are the Shriners renting out their auditorium for raves? That goes against their stated purpose. The Shrine Auditorium website says that, "The Shrine is privately owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company."

It goes on to say that,
"The Al Malaikah Center is part of the Shrine fraternity that was founded in 1872 as an adjunct of the Masonic fraternity, the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Shriners are a social fraternity committed to fraternal fellowship and the organization sponsors the "World's Greatest Philanthropy" the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Al Malaikah Shrine was established in 1888 and is one of 191 Shrine Centers with nearly 500,000 Shriners nationwide."

Shouldn't they avoid events that send people to hospitals?

Posted by: Kathy | November 02, 2010 at 07:39 PM"

This has happened multiple times at USC - it's a land full of young people, tall buildings, big windows and flimsy screens.


It happened when I was a freshman there:
"Student Impaled on Bars in Fall From Her Window
September 2, 2000 LA Times
A USC student was impaled on wrought-iron security bars Friday after falling from her second-story apartment in an off-campus housing complex"

And it happened again a couple years ago.

This kid was clearly doing something irresponsible (mixing all those drugs) but try finding an 18 year old at college who isn't intoxicated on Halloween weekend. You guys all need to calm down and get the building inspectors out there to see why this keeps happening.

I believe that there is no connection with Hard Haunted and the USC Student. I believe that he would consume Ecstasy even if there where no event. Its sucks that just because someone dies at the event or after the event news and officials try to point fingers at event organizers like Hard and Insomniac instead the people them self are to blame.

This kid was just dumb!

Sending prayers for the young Trojan and his family along with a hearty Fight On!
Love the moniker Blackie Chan, very funny; but your comments, not so much.

 
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