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Student, 19, injured after apparent jump from Richland Ave. bridge
UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: The student is alive, though his condition is unknown, said Jenny Hall-Jones, interim dean of students.
The student's family was notified Monday night by the hospital and OU called the family Tuesday morning, Hall-Jones said.
"In this kind of situation — when it's an immediate emergency situation, we wait for the hospital to talk directly to the family," Hall-Jones said.
A male 19-year-old Ohio University student was taken by helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus after he reportedly jumped from the Oxbow Bridge on Richland Avenue Monday night.
Athens and OU police responded at 8:17 p.m. to a report that a student jumped from the bridge. Prior to the jump, two OU students were speaking to the student, trying to keep him from jumping, Athens Police Lt. Joe Stotts said.
“None of our officers were there until after he fell,” Stotts said. “Two Ohio University students were there talking to him and trying to talk him down. Our officers talked to those students at the scene.”
Athens County Emergency Medical Services arrived to the bridge “within minutes” of the fall, Stotts said.
Stotts said he could not confirm that the student jumped but said the fall was called into the department as a jump and that is how the department is investigating the incident.
Within hours, a pad of Post-it notes and a pen were placed on the railing of the bridge. By 11 p.m., about 30 people had written small notes on the Post-its and stuck them to the railing.
The notes included messages such as “You matter. Have faith.” and “You are original. You cannot be replaced.” Many referenced the “Bobcat family.”
One larger note read, in part, “I’m sorry I kept walking. I’m sorry that I didn’t see what was on your mind.”
Stotts was unable to comment about the student’s condition at press time, and officials from Grant Medical Center were unable to be reached by press time.
The name of the student was not released pending notification of the student’s parents, Stotts said.
Students can reach a counselor 24/7 by calling 740-593-1616.