Fordham Student In Serious Condition After Fall From School’s Bell Tower

Sergio Conner
April 17, 2019

Monfries and a group of friends climbed the tower at roughly 3 a.m.

"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", McShane continued. She fell 30 to 40 feet, suffering fatal injuries and dying later Sunday at a NY hospital. Given that the tower is off-limits to students and consequently locked at night, school officials are investigating how Monfries and others have gained access, hopefully eliminating any future forays into the tower by other students who may seek to ascend in search of social media content.

While the entrances to the tower are supposed to be locked, thrill-seeking students often find a way inside, the Times reports.

She was safely returned to the ground after being lifted out of one of the tower's windows and rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was placed on life support in an "extremely critical" condition. "I think they were posting on Instagram when it happened".

Fordham students who were not involved in the incident that took place on April 14th corroborated the sentiment that the climb up the bell tower is a rite of passage for seniors, albeit a risky one.

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Together with fellow students climbed the Sydney the night from Saturday to Sunday, the granite tower on the Campus of Fordham University in the Bronx.

Fordham's student paper, the Fordham Ram, detailed the risks and dangers of climbing the tower in a 2013 article.

The tower is the central part of Keating Hall on the university's Rose Hill campus.

"The thrill of danger is definitely a huge allure to going up", one student was quoted by the paper as saying. "Over the years, a very small number of students have been found in the area, and the circumstances have usually been simple curiosity", the dean, Christopher Rodgers said.

"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", a senior student told the news outlet.

Monfries was studying journalism and set to graduate in May. The school said they will award Monfries a posthumous bachelor's degree.

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