October 19, 2016
A 15-year-old New Jersey girl broke her ankle Wednesday morning after jumping two stories from her Asbury Park high school in a last ditch effort to avoid taking a standardized test.
According to an official with the Asbury Park School District, the student leaped from a bathroom window at Asbury Park High School at approximately 8:44 a.m. as her class was conducting the PSAT, a prep for the standard college entrance examination. The test was being administered to freshmen, sophomores and juniors, with a delayed opening for seniors.
The student, a sophomore, reported to homeroom at the start of the school day before heading up to the women's room and climbing out the window. When she fell, she yelled out for help and was treated at the scene by a team of nurses from Asbury Park High School and Monmouth County Vocational School District.
Eventually, the student was transported with a broken ankle to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where she underwent further treatment and an evaluation by medical staff.
“It’s unfortunate that one of our students took extreme measures to exit the building, which resulted in her being injured,” said Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet. “Our priority is to have a safe learning environment where we take the safety and security of all of our students very seriously.”
Counselors will be made available to staff and students who may have been affected by the incident.