St. Charles making repairs after handrail gives way during game
Several students were injured and one was hospitalized overnight after a handrail collapsed at St. Charles Preparatory School's home football game Sept. 6.
According to the school's principal, James Lower, a front handrail in the St. Charles student section gave way, spilling students onto pavement in front of the bleachers.
"They are in our thoughts and prayers," Lower said Monday, Sept. 9. referring to those injured.
In an email to parents, Lower said the incident happened at the beginning of the third quarter. The weight of fans pressing on the handrail caused it to collapse, causing students to fall forward and onto blacktop.
Both adults and students responded by helping the injured.
According to Lower's email, two were transported to local emergency rooms, while parents took others later after the game resumed. Most of the injuries appeared to be cuts, bumps and bruises. Two students received stitches.
Lower said Monday the students were recovering, but would not say if any were still hospitalized. He also said the bleachers are inspected on a regular basis.
In his email to parents, he applauded those who stepped forward to help, and thanked everyone for their support.
St. Charles' Sept. 13 varsity game against Big Walnut was scheduled at Ohio Dominican College in order for St. Charles to make needed the repairs, said Lower.
During a discussion about bleacher safety at last week's monthly school board meeting in Whitehall, board member Darryl Hammock said he was working the concession stand at St. Charles several years ago when students pushed over the railing, falling onto one another and the pavement. He said he was one of several to rush over and help. The situation, he said, was similar to the most recent incident and occurred in the St. Charles student section.