Fort Wayne student falls from Pennsylvania State Memorial during class trip

"The Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg" by 21022123@N04, CC BY 2.0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – A Blackhawk Middle School student was airlifted to Hershey Medical Center after falling from a monument during a class trip to Washington, D.C. Friday.

Around 9 a.m., emergency services were called to the Pennsylvania State Memorial at the Gettysburg Military Park after the 13-year-old climbed the monument and fell off the top.

The Evening Sun reports that park law enforcement believe the boy sustained broken bones and internal injuries.

The Pennsylvania State Memorial is about 100 feet tall, and allows visitors to climb up inside it where they can then look out onto the battlefield.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Public Information Officer Krista Stockman released the following statement Friday evening:

“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.”

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