12 Students Injured After Indiana High School Stage Collapses

12 Students Injured After Indiana High School Stage Collapses
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More than 12 people were hurt and one was seriously injured when a stage at an Indiana high school collapsed during a musical performance by students. The incident took place on Thursday evening.


Westfield Police Captain Charles Howell told the reporters that at least a dozen people were hurt.

The stage collapsed when students at Westfield High School, some 21 miles (34 km) north of Indianapolis, were performing rock concert “American Pie.”

Matt Layton, the shift supervisor for the Hamilton County emergency center, informed that there were 15 to 30 young performers onstage when it collapsed. A video was released on the micro-blogging site Twitter showing the performers signing “Don’t Stop Believin.'” Several young students are seen clapping and dancing below the stage.

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Sara Camden, who captured the footage, said there was mayhem inside the auditorium after the stage collapsed.

“A lot of people at first thought it was maybe part of an act, it was a joke or something, but it was most definitely not a joke,” she told FOX59, adding that her son who was also performing onstage was unhurt.

Chris Baldwin of Westfield Washington Schools informed that classes would resume on Friday. Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said investigation is underway.

An officer who spoke to WTHR said the investigation shall determine why the stage collapsed.