Harrison home from hospital following moveable wall accident
A Grade 9 Brantford Collegiate Institute student who suffered critical head injuries in the school’s gymnasium on Feb. 11 has returned home from a Hamilton hospital.
Harrison Eley, 14, has been recovering at his family’s Brantford residence since arriving home from hospital on March 2, said his mother Audrey Bowen.
“He is getting lots of rest,” Bowen said. “He is taking it easy and has visited with some of his friends.”
Eley sustained multiple skull fractures when he was pinned between a moveable wall and a permanent wall during a morning gym class.
Bowen said it may still be a while before her son returns to school, but that his condition continues to improve.
“It will be a little bit yet,” Bowen said. “We are taking it one day at a time.”
Bowen said she could not yet comment on exactly how her son was pinned by the moveable wall.
“We have not been debriefed on what happened yet,” Bowen said. “We are hoping to do that before the end of the month.”
The Grand Erie District School Board released a list of updated procedures in relation to the operation of moveable walls in its schools late last month following Eley’s injury.
School board spokesperson Shawn McKillop said BCI principal Frank O’Connor has remained in contact with Eley’s family. He said a meeting will be scheduled between the superintendent of education, O’Connor and the family to discuss events that led to the Feb. 11 accident.
“(Harrison’s) well-being was first and foremost our priority,” McKillop said. “If it is coming to the time for our superintendent of education and the principal of the school to meet with the family and debrief the situation, we would be more than willing to do that. This was a very traumatic situation and certainly now we do need to discuss it.”