VHS was paused 15 minutes after a male student came off 2nd floor balcony

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

This afternoon around 1:15 p.m., Vandegrift HS was on a 15 minute hold-in-place after a student fell from a 2nd story balcony at the school, according to sources.

“He was conscious and transported via EMS,” said Charlie Little, principal of VHS.

Little cannot confirm details of the incident or the injuries of the student but shared that the student did leave the campus with EMS personnel and with his dad.

At least three first responders arrived on the scene.

“There were screams and crying (after the fall),” said a student at Vandegrift.

VHS shared a message with families:

Dear Vandegrift High School families,

It is a priority for us to communicate with you when there has been a significant disruption to the school day. I am writing to let you know that we placed our campus on a brief “hold” due to a private student health issue this afternoon around 1:15 p.m. As part of our response to this situation, it was necessary to keep the hallways clear for EMS access.

Students resumed their normal schedule at 1:55 p.m.

If your child was in the hallway where the disruption originated you will receive personal communication to make sure you have the information necessary to best support your student. We appreciate the efforts of our staff, students, and community in being respectful of the family’s privacy. We are continuing to provide counseling services to any student or staff member that needs support.

If you have any questions, please call the school office and thank you for your continued support of VHS.

Sincerely, Charlie Little, Principal, VHS

An earlier version of this story used the term lockdown but that is incorrect. This was a hold-in-place.