Lockport police: 12-year-old boy who fell from top floor window at school “alert and conscious”

PHOTO FROM ANTHONY DEVOE A Mercy Flight helicopter leaves Emmet Belknap Intermediate School in Lockport after a child fell out of a window.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A child fell out of a second-story window at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School just before 2:30 p.m. Monday and was taken to a hospital via Mercy Flight.

According to Lockport Police, the child is 12-year-old Joseph McClure. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and was described as “alert and conscious.”

Police said he fell out of a window from the top floor of the school, about a 30 foot drop.

People living along Hi Point Dr. watched as Mercy Flight landed on the property, in the grass towards the south end of the school.

“It still looked to me initially like a drill, until I could see they actually had someone on a gurney,” said Geri Hens, who was visiting her mother.

She said she watched as someone was transferred from an ambulance to Mercy Flight.

“None of us really knew what happened except that it was something serious,” said Hens. “I just hope everything will be okay.”

About an hour later, News 4 captured a number of Lockport Police vehicles on the side of the building and watched as officers measured the distance from an upper level, open window to the ground.

Police are still investigating how the child fell. No foul play is suspected at this point, police say.

The Lockport School District released a statement Monday afternoon stating that the school had activated a hold-in-place as a result of a “student injury requiring medical attention”. Local first responders arrived on scene, and Mercy Flight landed on school grounds to transport the student to a local hospital.

The district is cooperating with law enforcement’s investigation of this matter, the statement added.

Emmet Belknap is a school for fifth and sixth grade students in the Lockport School District.

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