School Stage Collapse Leaves 2 Dozen Injured in California (Video)

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 09:07 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Investigators are reviewing a Southern California high school's building permits after two dozen students were injured over the weekend when a stage collapsed.

It happened Saturday night at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim, Calif. The stage gave way when about 250 students from Rosary High School, an all-girls sister school in Fullerton, were performing as part of the annual "Red & Gold" school spirit show, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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"We were all jumping, having fun, we've done it five times before, and then all the sudden the girls in front of me just disappeared," 14-year-old Rosary freshman Sabrina Lee told KABC-TV on Sunday. "I don't know what happened. All I knew was I turned around and ran."

Roughly two dozen students were injured, from minor scrapes and bruises to broken bones, Lt. Tim Schmidt of the Anaheim police department told the Times.

Officials are looking over the school's building permits to determine whether the stage collapsed because the maximum weight was exceeded.

"Clearly there was way too much weight. That’s what it looks like," Schmidt said.

According to The Associated Press, Servite High School added more square footage to its stage in the 1980s via an add-on that covered the orchestra pit. That's the part the caved Saturday.

"Thank you for your prayers and support during this time," Rosary Principal Judy Luttrell said in a statement posted on the school's website after the collapse. "We ask that you continue to pray for our students. We thank you all, the Servite community, and the responders for their calm assistance."

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