- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured after falling through the roof of a vacant school in Flint.

Police Chief James Tolbert says Monday that police believed the 16-year-old boy died after the fall on Sunday at Johnson Elementary School but he was informed Monday that the boy had survived the fall. Tolbert says he’s investigating how the miscommunication occurred.

Police Lt. Devon Bernritter said the boy is “very seriously injured” and was hospitalized in critical condition. The boy’s name wasn’t released.

The Flint Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1FpdqYy ) the boy and three other individuals were on the roof of the school, which closed after the 2005-06 school year. Bernritter say the 16-year-old jumped on a vent grate that gave way, dropping him about 30 feet into the gymnasium floor.


This story has been corrected to show that the boy was in critical condition, not dead as police earlier reported.


Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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