Saturday, September 09, 2000

Bleacher rail gives way; fans fall at La Salle game

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Three or four people, most believed to be students, were slightly injured Friday night when a bleacher railing gave way during a football game at La Salle High School on North Bend Road.

        All of those injured refused to be taken to hospitals and were treated at the scene. One person suffered a slight head injury and others complained of leg injuries.

        La Salle principal Tom Luebbe said the rail gave way shortly after a television camera started taking shots of cheering students. “They (students) went crazy,” he said. “There was pressure on the railing and the railing came off in the northwest corner of the stadium in front of the cheerleaders.”

        The 9 p.m. incident came during the third quarter. The game with Boone County was not halted.

        Doctors and nurses in the crowd helped those who tumbled about 4 feet to the ground.

        “As soon as the camera went on, everybody huddled in one area and leaned on the rail,” said Ryan Strotman, 17, a senior at La Salle.


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