A wrestling match in Gainesvlle, Florida was called off after a teen randomly plummeted through the roof of the Buchholz High School gymnasium.
The shocking footage was captured by Sharyn Gonzalez. The mother was watching her son wrestle before a nineteen-year-old who is not a student at the school came crashing down to the gym floor.
According to police, eight teenagers were trespassing on the roof above their heads.
One unfortunate member of their group happened to step on a skylight and smash through it.
The footage was disturbing enough that Gonzalez covered her camera.
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) March 1, 2019
Initial reports said the rooftop frenzy began after one of the teen’s cellphones was thrown onto the gym’s roof. But later reports indicate the teen who fell was actually filming a music video on the roof with friends.
He ended up sustaining serious injuries and remains in hospital after a 6-hour operation.
People reacted to the shocking footage.
What in the heck was he/she doing up in the roof? Are they ok?
— Sagittarius Born (@slick_ruler240) March 3, 2019
Sue whoever built that roof
— Ali (@Ali_VA_703) March 2, 2019
— K. Andre’ Gladden (@kuldre) March 1, 2019
People couldn’t understand why he was up on the roof.
Why was he up there?
— Brian Shuster (@brianshuster) February 28, 2019
What was he doing in the ceiling?
— Elizabeth Flynn (@Elizabe12168199) February 28, 2019
HOW AND WHY?!?
Teen falls through gym roof onto wrestling mat during match https://t.co/uHcbH2XFNe
— LaTangelaFay (@LaTangelaFay) February 27, 2019
Luckily, the 19-year-old who took the nasty fall will survive his injuries.
FOUR-STORY FALL | The grandmother of a teen who fell through the skylight of a high school gym said it's a miracle he survived the 40-foot fall. Friends said he and several other teens were on the gym roof filming a music video. https://t.co/dRPnL9nwlf
— News4JAX (@wjxt4) February 27, 2019
But other reports indicate he’ll face multiple charges for trespassing and his friends were already charged.
Trespassing teen faces several charges after falling 40 feet through the skylight of the roof at a school. https://t.co/XT5xUJqlEk
— 850 WFTL (@850WFTL) February 26, 2019
Not everyone is feeling sympathetic for the trespassing teen.
— Kevin Marsh (@kevinomreb) February 25, 2019
If he uses this as proof that he “fell from Heaven”, he’ll always have a great pickup line at the club.
— DMV_Adulting (@ParentDmv) February 28, 2019
But mostly everyone is wishing the poor kid a speedy recovery.
Prayers. No matter how it happened he is seriously injured. He is just a kid. Breaks my heart. Please don’t judge.
— AEPNURSE (@JudySummers) February 25, 2019
Details remain scarce about the music video Chadd Shanks and his friends were shooting, but it probably wasn’t worth the extended trip to UF Health Shands Hospital.
Chadd’s grandmother issued the following statement via News4Jax:
“I know there were other people that were slightly injured as things fell out of the roof of the building. As a grandmother, I would like to say I apologize.”
“Our children — we can guide them, raise them and teach them things, but when you set them free, they do things sometimes that are not connected to you, so I do apologize. I hope that there is no serious injuries.”