Student killed in ball ring accident Print
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:07

By Dan Toribio

A Grade 7 student was killed while his classmate was injured after a basketball ring stand fell on the two victims inside the gymnasium of the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School yesterday afternoon.

Sta Maria Police Chief, Sr Insp Rolly Joaquino, identiifed the victim as Grey Shen Kurt Balanto, 12 years old, a resident of Upper Cabatangan.

Balanto’s companion, Jay Mark Gutierrez y Mondijar, 13 years old, sustained injuries.

Prior to the incident, Balanto and two other companions went inside the school gymnasium and positioned themselves under the basketball ring to take advantage of the strong wifi signal in that part of the room.

One of the students, who was then sitting on the base of the basketball ring,  warned his companions to move out of the way when he felt the stand starting to fall on its side.

Gutierrez moved out of the way but was still hit by the stand.  He sustained injuries on the mouth.

Balanto, who  was  wearing earphones, was hit by the falling stand after failing to hear the warning.

Balanto was killed on the spot due to severe head and face injuries, according to paramedics.

Police were alerted by the call of a teacher who reported the incident, (Dan Toribio)