Student seriously hurt at Notre Dame High School

A 13-year-old boy is in critical condition in CHEO after he was seriously injured Thursday afternoon in the gymnasium at Notre Dame High School.

Emergency crews said the boy was hurt when he was pinned to the wall by a mechanical sliding door that separates the gym.

"We found a 13-year-old, initially we were directed as [having] no vital signs, but we can't confirm that at present time," said paramedic superintendent Garth Tourangeau. "When we arrived, he did have a pulse, was not breathing well on his own and the information we got is that he was impinged on a wall by a door."

"Aggressive advanced life support was initiated on scene and continued all the way onto the pediatric trauma unit, which is CHEO," said Tourangeau. "At the time he never regained consciousness, but this is normal with this type of injury."

Tourangeau said the boy suffered serious chest and abdominal injuries.

Students were shocked to hear about the incident.

"I'm worried for the kid, I hope he's okay," said Grade 12 student Rami Farhat.

"A lot of people were crying and sad and like, some people were scared for him," said Grade 8 student Cody Abbott.

Police and fire crews were also called to the scene following the incident around 12:20 p.m.

The Ministry of Labour has taken over the investigation into the incident, which comes as the province holds an inquest into the 2011 shop class death of Eric Leighton, a student at Mother Teresa High School in Barrhaven.

Police say the Grade 7 student is expected to survive.

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