At about 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, the stage in the auditorium of the all-boys Catholic Servite High School in Anaheim collapsed under the weight of 250 students, injuring 24 of them, reported the Orange County Register.
The students, who attend the all-girls Catholic Rosary High School in Fullerton, were performing the school’s annual Red and Gold rally when the portion of the 50-foot-wide and 25-foot-deep wooden stage that was added in 1996 came down. Emergency responders transported the students to the hospital to receive treatment for moderate injuries. Officials with the Anaheim Fire Department are investigating whether the number of people on the stage at the time of its collapse exceeded the number allowed by the permit. On Sunday, more than 100 parents, students, and faculty at Rosary High School came together to support and prey for those who were injured.
In the United States, the accidents that account for the majority of serious and fatal trauma teenagers suffer involve motor vehicles. Crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Inexperience behind the wheel, the presence of teen passengers, the failure to wear seatbelts, and the use of alcohol are all factors that contribute to the high rate of accidents among young drivers.
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Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the 24 students who were injured when the stage collapsed.