Broken Arrow mourns loss of student after fall from football stadium

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • A Broken Arrow student has died after reportedly falling from the top of the football stadium.
  • Police say the student fell before 10 p.m. Friday.
  • The student was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries.
  • District officials said counselors and support staff will be made available Saturday afternoon and in the days ahead. Broken Arrow students looking for support can go to the BA High School Media Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday or any time during the day Monday.

The Broken Arrow community is mourning the loss of a high school student who died Friday night after falling from the top of Memorial Stadium.

Jaymeson West was a junior at Broken Arrow High School.

A prayer gathering was held for West and his family Saturday. Those who knew him said he had a tremendous impact on fellow band members and classmates.

“He did have a big impact. I don’t think I’d be the person I am without knowing him,” said friend Ethan Bonham.

Broken Arrow Public Schools released a statement Saturday:

"Broken Arrow Public Schools is terribly saddened by the tragic incident that happened at Memorial Stadium after last night's football game.

"Counselors and support staff will be available Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Broken Arrow High School Media Center. Counselors will also be available during the school week, and students can come to the Media Center at any time for support."

While police are investigating the accident as a fall, West’s father posted on Facebook that Jaymeson "succumbed to the depression he had battled for so long."

Classmates said they’ll remember West for the joy he shared with others despite the internal challenges he faced.

“He always had a smile on his face. He always had some comment to make you laugh. He’s so smart, very talented with music and just incredible. He made you happy whenever you were around him,” Bonham said.

District leaders said counselors will be available for students at the high school media center from 3 to 5 Sunday afternoon and any time on Monday. Those looking for support and/or someone to talk to about what happened are encouraged to attend.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, call the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Reach Out Hotline at 1-800-522-9054.

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