Three Medical Emergencies in a Day at Berkeley High School

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday September 28, 2007

One of the two students who were injured in a series of unrelated accidents at Berkeley High Wednesday was back in the classroom Thursday, said Berkeley Unified School District spokesperson Mark Coplan. 

The school grounds were abuzz with activity around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday when three medical emergencies occurred within half an hour of each other. 

The Communication Arts & Sciences (CAS) small school was having an organized team-building exercise at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center park when two students circling the group miscalculated and ran into each other, bumping heads. 

After one of the students complained of neck pain, vice principal Maggie Heredia-Peltz, who was with the group, called for medical assistance.  

The student was taken to Highland Hospital by paramedics and CAS teacher Phil Halpern and was back at school Thursday. 

Coplan told the Planet that the other two students were also expected to be back at school. 

He said that the paramedics had also found a student in the bushes adjacent to the H buiding across from the park who complained that he had suffered injuries after falling from a second-floor window. 

The student was also taken to Highland Hospital, where doctors found no injuries. 

Coplan said that although there were many speculations that the student had jumped or had been pushed from the window, no witnesses had come forward to confirm it. 

At the same time, another student reported to the health center with chest pains. An ambulance was called to transport the student to Children’s Hospital for further testing and observation.