Servite High Stage Extension That Collapsed Was "Flawed," School Admits: Update

See the update at the end of this post with Servite High School's president admitting the stage extension that collapsed Saturday night was "flawed."

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ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 10, 8:36 A.M.: I won't tell you what a fellow former Catholic high school parent told me when I shared the news about a couple dozen students from all-girls Rosary High School getting injured when the stage they were stomping on at Servite High School in Anaheim collapsed--because it wouldn't be classy and we're all about the classy here at Navel Gazing.

Most sustained bruises and scrapes Saturday night but some suffered broken bones.

Servite, the all-boys "brother" school of Rosary, has a large auditorium that the all-girls Fullerton school uses for indoor productions, including the annual "Red & Gold" challenge that has two teams competing against one another in drama, choral and dance numbers. Rosary has held the yearly rally there for decades.

An estimated 250 students were jumping up and down on the stage built in the 1980s when it is believed an extension that was add in the '90s gave way. Watch here:

The adult in the crowd reacting "Holy crap!" sums up everything perfectly.

UPDATE, MARCH 12, 5:34 P.M.: In a statement posted on the Servite High website, the all-male Catholic school's president Peter Bowen admits the stage extension (or apron) that collapsed Saturday night was "flawed."

There were about 250 Rosary High girls on stage at the time, and 25 suffered injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones.

Bowen says an investigation with the Anaheim Fire Department and city Planning and Building Department found "a flaw in the construction of the apron covering the orchestra pit. The apron was not part of the original theater construction and was added sometime in the early 1980s."

The kicker: "We have not found a record of an apron building permit," according to Bowen, who adds the school will submit plans to the city for a new, re-engineered stage apron."

"We will continue to provide assistance, support and prayers for the students, families and staff of Rosary High School," Bowen adds in the statement. "We will keep evaluating, modernizing and upgrading our facilities to ensure the safety of our students and community."

When it comes to payouts, wonder if the diocese is going to try to argue this apron business happened long ago, the bad builders have moved on and it's time to forgive and forget. Although their prayers are with the girls.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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21 comments
weedspatch
weedspatch

I don't understand the point of the opening paragraph.  It doesn't matter, but just such an odd and irrelevant way to open an article about kids getting injured.

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

Pleasant surprise that Servite is immediately taking responsibility for the incident

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe the Diocese of Orange leaders should reconsider spending $50 million plus for the new Catholic church, aka Crystal Cathedral..... the responsibility of protecting children from sexual predators and/or unsafe school structures should be placed at the highest priority... unfortunately, when safety involving children presents itself to the Diocese of Orange leaders via regular maintenance and upkeep of school structures, it appears that again and again, children are placed at the lowest priority in the eyes of the wealthy and politically-connected Diocese of Orange.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured and/or killed.  To the Diocese of Orange leaders:  Please reassess your priorities and maintain school structures!

Evan White
Evan White

says the guy that probably sits at home cutting himself with a noose around his neck just laughing his psychotic ass off.

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

Yeah you're just a sensitive pussy that's all, you gotta laugh at some fucked up shit once in a while. It makes life tolerable

El Muchacho Alegre
El Muchacho Alegre

Let's all pray for them. Maybe the J,-man or Mother Mary can heal them or at least help out with the hospital bills. Amen :)

Evan White
Evan White

a sense of humor? Well I don't find humor in minors getting injured - breaking bones, but then again i'm not a sick twisted fuck or a keyboard warrior like you.

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

Seriously do you even have a sense of humor, oh yeah you're pussy never mind

Evan White
Evan White

lol. Flex those keyboard muscles tough guy. That's all you have while you sit at home and fantasize about teenagers getting hurt as a stage collapses. Twisted and disturbed

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

Still not making much of a point pussy, just shut up and go back to your country club

Evan White
Evan White

You're officially the king of internet tough guys. Not only would I say it to your face, but i'd laugh right in your face as I say it.

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

And you are gonna do the same thing too cause you're too much of a pussy to say it to my face.

Evan White
Evan White

well I guess a pussy is about to tell you to go fuck yourself and you're going to do absolutely nothing about it then, so go fuck yourself

Evan White
Evan White

that's funny to you? You're sick and twisted

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

You're absolutely right. I've been there and it's NOT funny. But I also have a huge problem with people who think it's funny when kids get hurt.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

No kidding. Comments like Gerardo Robles's make me wish there was a "dislike" button...

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