A Loudoun Valley High School student is being treated for injuries after he fell from the Purcellville water tower this morning.
Just after 8:30 a.m., a teacher’s assistant noticed a boy scaling the fence that surrounds the water tower across the street from Loudoun Valley. She reported it to the school’s security office. The school’s safety officer Matt Lowers and School Resource Officer Bill Schoeb ran across the street and broke through an electric-controlled gate to get on to the property. About that time, the boy had climbed approximately 20 feet up the tower and fell onto the grass below.
He had scaled a 6-foot chainlink fence, plus 2 feet of barbed-wire fence, and climbed up one of the tower’s support poles — the tower does not have a ladder — making it about an eighth of the way up the tower before he fell, according to the school system’s Public Information Officer Wayde Byard.
The boy was conscious after the fall and was able to speak to Principal Sue Ross, Byard said.
Crews from the Purcellville Police Department and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office quickly responded to the scene. The student was first driven to Hamilton Public Safety Center and then airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment.
On Thursday afternoon, Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell said that the boy was in stable condition.
Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) said she was told by Fire-Rescue Chief Keith Brower that the student did not break any bones and did not sustain spinal damage.
Byard commended the teacher’s assistant for following the school system’s “see something, say something” policy. “She did exactly what she was supposed to. Saw something off and reported it,” he said.
This is a developing story and more will be reported as it is learned.