By Juan Calvillo
An East Los Angeles College Asian female student, 19, fell in what sheriffs have called a possible suicide attempt from the fifth floor south west corner balcony of the Ernest H. Moreno E3 building Tuesday. The fall was between the ELAC Student Services E1 building and the E3 building.
Alberto Román, ELAC President, released a statement Tuesday night.
“I am very saddened to share that in the early afternoon today one of our students fell from Building E3 on our campus. The student is at the hospital in critical condition. I ask that we keep the student in our thoughts as we process this difficult situation,” Román said.
Deputy Jesus Morales said the student is being treated for her injuries. He did not know which hospital she was taken to. He said a fifth floor fall would leave serious injuries to the victim.
An ELAC administrator said the student had emergency surgery this afternoon. Morales said the victim is in the intensive care unit of the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.
The area of ELAC is serviced medically by the Adventist Health White Memorial hospital when it comes to emergencies of this nature and is within four miles from the ELAC campus. The hospital is also one of the hospitals where ELAC Nursing Department students complete their nursing rounds.
Morales said the sheriff’s office received a call that was placed at 2:20 p.m. reporting the incident. He said a witness spoke with them about what happened. He said the victim was alone and there was no suicide note.
“A witness saw her pacing back and forth, up on the fifth [floor]. That’s it. There was nobody else with her up there,” Morales said.
The E3 building’s fifth floor is completely accessible to students who have classes there and the fall was not from the roof.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Crime Lab walked to the fifth floor accompanied by the lead detective on the case Sheriff Detective Wang. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.
Román said ELAC and the Los Angeles Community College District have the health and safety of all students as highest priority. He said to help with the aftermath of the events of Tuesday that the following mental health options are being made available:
There will be therapists this week in the Student Health Center at F5-302 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Students can also call a counselor directly at 323-255-8651.
ELAC employees can get help through the Life Works Assistance Program for employees, who can be reached at 800-581-1485. For Life Work Counselors on campus, ELAC employees can contact An Do in Student Services at 323-265-8728.
Students with any further information on the event can contact the Sheriff’s Community College Bureau Office at 323-265-8800.
Editors Note: ELAC Campus News has corrected a previous incorrect headline that stated the student had died. This has been corrected and updated with the correct information.