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Teen jumps from balcony of D.C. school

A D.C. student was injured Friday evening when he jumped from a third-floor balcony at McKinley Technical High School during a homecoming celebration, according to D.C. police.

Just after 6 p.m., police said, the student became uncontrollable and could not be calmed down. Police said the juvenile then ran to a third-floor balcony above the school's atrium and jumped. The student suffered a laceration to his face but was conscious and breathing when taken to the hospital, according to a police spokeswoman.

No one else was injured in the incident. D.C. Deputy Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson talked with the student's family on Saturday evening, according to a statement, but school officials had no further comment Monday.

-- Jenna Johnson

By Washington Post Editors  | October 18, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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This incident is clearly the fault of the teachers and the Washington Teachers' Union . . . at least that's the spin someone will eventually put on this story since we're blamed for everything else.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | October 18, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

How come nobody called the Post when this happened on Friday?

Aren't there any unofficial sources the Post can call to tell us what kind of shape the kid is in?? And to provide some details?

Posted by: Kathy8 | October 18, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse


C'mon. Some kid was upset enough to jump off a 3rd floor balcony. Let's not turn it into a political thing, it's just not seemly.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | October 18, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Urbandweller you are a azzhole the big question is he going to be ok and than where was David Pinder when this happened ? Outside getting high something he does on the regular

Posted by: Darksecrettt | October 18, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I think the larger point is that there are so many DCPS students who have significant emotional problems that teachers are expected to deal with everyday.

Of course the "reformers" think these issues are not supposed to interfere with DC CAS scores and, therefore, the emphasis is not placed on helping address the students mental health issues.

In the end teachers get blamed and labeled ineffective and the children suffer without the help they need. In this case this student may die.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | October 18, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

In urbandweller's defense - I think he was being sarcastic,suggesting that teachers get blamed for so many things beyond their control -- why not this?

Certainly, if this poor student's scores go down as a result of whatever caused him to jump off the balcony, teachers will get blamed.

Posted by: efavorite | October 18, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I know he was being sarcastic (I like sarcasm), and I agree with his larger point that teachers get blamed for everything, and I also agree that pretending that these outside issues (mental health, hunger, etc...) issues don't exist is part of the game the "reformers" play.

But some kid was so stressed out and upset that he jumped off a balcony, and I think maybe we should hold off on the sarcasm and hope the kid gets the help he needs. I don't think teachers look good making sarcastic comments in an article about a troubled student.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | October 19, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

There's way more to this story than what's posted here... The kids posted the story on facebook and tumblr. It's pretty sad and gruesome.

Posted by: QueenNisha | October 19, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has something to say until it's their child or loved sitting in the ICU with MORE than just lacerations to the face. This story is completely inaccurate and it's sad. Sorry but you don't know this child point blank.

Posted by: jessika2o2 | October 19, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

efavorite, too, has signed on to victimhood and being a blame-magnet. You probably have some accomplishments to be proud of; no need to suck up blame needlessly. Lighten up.

Posted by: axolotl | October 19, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that the parents are blaming others for their sons dope use.

Get your son in a drug treatment program and hope that he will heed the programs content.

Parents should take responsibility for their children. Excuse me for being so bold, but the authorities were not present when you were making your baby.

Posted by: Special_One40 | October 19, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

one day when you are a parent you will understand. until then you should think before you say something "bold". Nonetheless you have nothing but a useless article that justifies nothing. DC public school are mediocre and this proves it and clearly u are a product of it. teachers salaries are 80,000 dollars and they can't assure your child will learn or at least be safe inside the school environment. no one is playing the blame game a child is seriously injured and all your ignorant, immature mind can think of is blame games and drug treatments. how about some sympathy and compassion.his parents are doing the correct thing. keep it up and stay strong and he is definitely in my prayers!

Posted by: jessika2o2 | October 19, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

God bless you, Keon Blake. Hold on.

Posted by: dcproud1 | October 19, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The young man has paid a severe consequence for his actions.
Blame? There will be more than enough to go-around. I wish him well.

The family will slowly realize what happened when the facts are fully known and when denial wears off and reality kicks in, they too will have a terrible lot to deal with so let's just hope for healing for everyone involved and be thankful it isn't your child or your family.

Posted by: 2belinda | October 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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