SINGAPORE: A student at St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) was taken to hospital on Thursday (July 22) after a fall from a height at school.
Police said they received a call for assistance at 38 Malcolm Road, the school’s address, around 11:40 p.m.
“A male teenager had fallen from a height and was conscious when he was taken to hospital,” police said, adding that he did not suspect the foul play.
The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) said one person was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
In a letter to parents seen by CNA, SJI principal Adrian Danker said there was an “incident” at the school, adding that police investigations are ongoing.
“A student has been injured. He has been taken to hospital and his parents are with him,” Dr. Danker said.
“Some of our students witnessed the incident. The SJI pastoral team and counselors have looked after them and their well-being.”
He added: “We know that at this time you will also be concerned about your child’s well-being in the face of this incident. We ask for your cooperation in caring for your child. Inform your FT (form guardian) if you notice that your child may be distressed or need any emotional or psychological support. “
The principal also asked for help from the parents to make sure that any photos or videos that may have been taken will not be shared anywhere.
“This is because investigations are ongoing and we hope to respect the privacy of the affected boy and his family,” Dr. Danker said.
“I want to make sure we continue to care for our Josephites in our SJI community during this additional probationary time (safe management measures). The school is here to support your child.”
The boy fell from the fourth level into the common area after the recess, said Lee Kok Fatt, who is chairman of the SJI governing board.
The school immediately sent him to the hospital and contacted his parents, Lee told CNA. A teacher accompanied the student to the hospital.
Lee also urged the public not to speculate on the incident out of respect for the boy and his family.