ANAHEIM, California (PIX11)– A California high school pep rally went horribly wrong when the stage collapsed and sent dozens of people to the hospital.
The Anaheim Fire Department responded to a call for help just before 11 p.m. on Saturday night.
Students from the all girls Catholic Rosary High School were visiting Servite High School for the annual Red and Gold rally.
According to the Los Angeles Times there were about 250 people on the stage when it crumbled beneath their feet dragging 30-40 people down with it.
Most of the injuries were minor including broken bones, bruises and scrapes.
The likely cause “at this point looks like too many students and too much weight on the platform stage,” Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt told City News Service on Sunday.
According to the school’s website the students were performing in Rosary High’s annual musical theater challenge since 1971, in which teams prepare for six weeks to put on choral, dance, drama and other performances.
A statement posted by Rosary Principal Judy Luttrell on the school’s website reads; “Thank you for your prayers and support during this time, we ask that you continue to pray for our students. We thank you all, the Servite community, and the responders for their calm assistance.”