TEMECULA (CBSLA.com) — A student was seriously injured in a fall Wednesday at Temecula Valley High School, but officials would not comment on how the fall occurred.
The Temecula Valley Unified School District issued the following statement:
“There was an accident today at Temecula Valley High School involving a student. 911 was called and the student was transported to the hospital. Due to privacy rights, we cannot provide any other information. District personnel is on site to assist other students and staff. Thank you.”
CAL Fire and Riverside County firefighters said the student — a teen named Osmani — was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
“The police were here, and the medics took him out in an ambulance,” parent Tammy Cheek said.
A picture circulated on social media showing a security guard standing near where the student was injured. The unidentified male student reportedly fell from a railing.
“We got a phone call from the school saying there was an accident. There was a student involved. They wouldn’t tell you what it was,” parent Robin Griffin said.
Wait spoke with a student who says he saw what happened. The student did not want to be identified.
“During middle of class and I went to go to the bathroom and someone was by the railing and he fell — down a flight of stairs, like 12 or 14 feet down the stairs,” the student said.
Other students and parents say that when the accident happened, the student who fell was wearing a blindfold as part of a class experiment.
Wait said the district has not confirmed those accounts. And the witness he spoke with says he did not see one.
“I didn’t see a blindfold, no,” said the student.
Wait pressed officials about whether the injured while wearing a blindfold but they would only say the investigation was continuing.
Family members of the injured student poured into the emergency area of the Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.
Friends did, too.
On Wednesday evening, CBS2’s Crystal Cruz spoke to friends of the injured student.
“As soon as I heard his name my heart sunk. I was in shock. We didn’t really know what to think,” said a friend named Jessica.
“For anatomy class he was on the 2nd story building and they were doing a blind folding activity,” Jessica added.
Friends have made a “#Pray For Osmani” Facebook page. Prayers are coming in from as far as Cabo San Lucas.
“He’s definitely a funny guy and he has a lot of friends,” said a student named Lexi.