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FWCS student airlifted to hospital after falling off Gettysburg park monument

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A student from Fort Wayne Community Schools was airlifted to a hospital after falling from a monument at Gettysburg National Memorial Park on Friday.

According to a spokesperson for the park, the boy fell from the top of the monument around 9 a.m.

FWCS Public Information Officer Krista Stockman confirmed with Fort Wayne’s NBC that the boy was an 8th grade student at Blackhawk Middle School.

Stockman said the 8th graders take an annual trip to visit Gettysburg and D.C., and the students had just arrived some time Friday morning. The group consisted of about 45 students and 3 teachers.

She said the student’s parents are aware of the situation and are on their way to be with him.

When EMS arrived on the scene, they determined the boy should be air lifted to Hershey Medical Center. They said he was suffering broken bones and internal injuries, according to NBC News.

The park remained open following the incident.

FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman issued the following statement late Friday afternoon:

Today, a Blackhawk Middle School student was injured after falling off a monument at Gettysburg National Memorial Park. The student was on an annual eighth-grade trip with about 45 classmates and three Blackhawk Middle School teachers. Gettysburg was the first stop on the Memorial Day weekend trip. The student was airlifted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment. Fort Wayne Community Schools is unable to provide any information on the student’s condition, but FWCS officials have been in communication with the student’s family. How the fall occurred is unclear, but we appreciate the quick response by the National Park Service, first responders and medical personnel. The student and the student’s family are in our prayers.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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