Fall through ceiling injures boy at school
The 12-year-old was in the attic looking for Halloween items
A 12-year-old boy was seriously injured yesterday after falling through a ceiling at a private school on Makiki Street while rummaging in the attic for Halloween decorations, emergency personnel said.
The Hawaiian Mission Elementary & Intermediate School student was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition after the accident, which happened at about 1 p.m.
Fire officials said the boy fell through the ceiling and landed in a hallway near the school's entrance. An EMS supervisor said the boy was knocked unconscious.
Deloris Trujillo, superintendent for Seventh-day Adventist schools in Hawaii, declined to comment on how the incident happened, but she called it a "complete accident" and said nothing similar had ever occurred at the school.
"Our teachers are very, very careful," she added.
Trujillo also declined to give an update on the boy's condition, citing privacy concerns.
She said school officials would investigate how the boy fell.
"Please, pray for the boy because we want him to be A-OK and better and back to school," Trujillo said. "That would be my wish. Please, please pray for him and his family."
Hawaiian Mission, at 1415 Makiki St., has about 145 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.