We started hearing sirens a few hours ago… and there kept being more and more. Turns out a high school about 3-4 miles from my house was having a big annual musical performance of American Pie and during the grand finale the stage over the orchestra pit collapsed dropping 30 some HS kids six or some feet without warning.
Word on social media (so take that for what it is worth) is that three kids are in critical condition and two others are serious, and many many less major injuries.
I have several friends with kids at this school so hopefully they are all ok.
No, nothing like that… but this one time… at band camp…
Actually like most big news events I watched the local news team show the same footage over and over and over again as they continued to update/get wrong/correct the facts. This and my kids coming down to tell me what was being tweeted or whatever (apparently it was trending on twitter this morning).
Most recent news is that only one girl is still in the hospital. Still in critical but said to be doing well. Lots of more minor injuries though.
I read the first article about it in the Indy Star. There was a video clip, from a phone I think, and it was pretty scary.
What I didn’t like, and had made the mistake of reading, were the comments on the article. It sure made me appreciate the SDMB’s moderation. People were making ugly jokes. One complained that folks were sending good thoughts and prayers to the students, but not to people shot by police. I gave up in disgust.
I will pass your warm concerns on to the families of the victims.
I can’t believe CNN actually had coverage of an earthquake in Nepal. I don’t know anyone there and it isn’t even our nation so why is it national news? They should only report things that affect everyone in our nation and nothing else.
The story I saw said that school officials are looking into why the stage collapsed. My guess is: exceeded floor loading and the harmonic wave set up by a large crowd of people jumping up and down in unison. I’ll expect a check in the mail.
It sounds like you nailed it. They are saying that it normally supports that many people with no problem but with the jumping in unison it doubled the weight. They are also saying some repairs (but no detail) were done a few months ago and that it was due to be inspected in June.