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Death of boy at Crescenta Valley High confirmed

February 10, 2012 |  2:48 pm

Student dies in fall from Crescenta Valley High School building
Glendale Unified School District officials now say that it was a male student who fell to his death at Crescenta Valley High School on Friday in full view of dozens of students, who were evacuated off the campus shortly after fourth period.

Students and school sources initially reported that the student was female. The district posted a statement on its website, saying officials were "saddened to report that an isolated fatal fall occurred this afternoon at Crescenta Valley High School." The dead student was not identified.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time. Our first concern is for the well-being of all of our students," Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan said in the statement. "Together with our supportive community, we will help our students get through this."

Glendale Unified officials have not provided details on how the fall happened, saying only that crisis managers and grief counselors had been sent to the campus.

The fall reportedly took place near the administration building on a concrete plaza area, the Glendale News-Press said. Students converged on the scene and crowded a walkway above the area when it happened, students said.

Hundreds of students, some of them visibly shaken, were waiting on the sports field as parents came to pick them up.

"It’s pretty shocking," said Jeff Choi, 16.


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Photo: Parents arrive at Crescenta Valley High School to pick up their children after a boy either fell or jumped to his death from a campus building. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News