School’s Stage Collapse In Anaheim Caused By Faulty Apron Construction

ANAHEIM (CBS/AP) — A stage that collapsed at an Anaheim high school during the weekend, injuring 28 students, had a construction flaw and a building permit can’t be found.

That’s according to a statement Wednesday on the website of Servite High School in Anaheim.

“On March 8, Rosary students were performing their 44th Annual Red & Gold competition. During the finale, the apron covering the orchestra pit at the front of the stage failed and collapsed injuring a number of students,” the statement read in part.

The website statement from school President Peter S. Bowen says an internal investigation found that the apron, which was built in the early 1980s, had a construction flaw — although the statement isn’t specific. The school also says it hasn’t found a record of a building permit.

Servite says it’s submitting plans for a new stage apron to the city.

Students who were injured suffered mostly cuts and bruises, and some had broken bones.

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