South Florida Student Dies After Jumping Off The Third Story Building At His School
A South Florida student has died after he jumped off the third-story building at his school, and fire rescue officials are calling it a suicide.
“The individual had taken his own life in an act of suicide,” said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan, “and had left messaging prior to doing that.”
The incident happened at Fort Lauderdale High School at 1600 NE 4th Ave., Thursday, shortly before 10 that morning.
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“This morning, unfortunately, we are mourning the loss of one of our own students,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright. “Our entire school community is feeling the pain.”7Skyforce hovered over the scene where police taped off the stairwell on the east side of the three-story building.
The 17-year-old male senior was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
7News has learned that several students witnessed the incident. “One girl heard a thud,” said Samuel Fernandez, a student. “A lot of people heard thuds, and I think I heard from the culinary classroom, you could actually see him being wheeled out.”
School counselors are currently speaking with them and their families. “Our heart goes out to the family, the individuals’ family, Fort Lauderdale High School family,” said Gollan.