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Story Last modified at 6:08 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chugiak student fractures skull in serious stunt

A 16-year-old male student at Chugiak High suffered serious injuries around 11 a.m. on May 10 when he fell as he tried to grab a basketball hoop from the hockey rink wall, Anchorage police said.

The student was running on the rink wall, which is about 50 inches high, when he jumped and grabbed for the hoop, according to a report from Anchorage police Officer Wendi Shackelford provided by police spokeswoman Anita Shell. He fell, landing on his head, Shell said. Shackelford viewed a video another student filmed of the stunt.

The boy suffered a skull fracture to the lower back of his head and a concussion and had to be intubated at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Shell said. His condition had apparently improved enough by May 11 that he was talking with family members, she said.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

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