The Meridian Elementary school day came to an emotional end Friday after an accident.
According to officials at the scene, around 2 p.m., an unidentified 10-year-old fourth-grade male student apparently fell over a banister and fell down a flight of stairs from the second floor staircase.
"It appears to be just an unfortunate accident," Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger told The Brazil Times. "The school nurse is with the student, who was conscious and talking to his parent before being taken to Union Hospital in Terre Haute."
Members of Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare treated the boy for what appeared to be a broken arm and back pain before transport for further medical treatment. It is unknown if he suffered any other injuries at this time.
The students were about to released for the day at 2:30 p.m., which is why school officials kept students and faculty members in their respective classrooms until after the emergency response personnel left the facility. Several faculty members were with the injured student's family as they left for the hospital, while others helped keep the remaining students calm and appraising their arriving family members of what was happening.
"In an unusual situation like this, it's best to keep everyone calm," Reberger said. "That's why we kept students in class a little longer than normal."