Westfield High School students react to stage collapse

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (April 24, 2015) - As teens returned to Westfield High School Friday they arrived to a very different school than the one they’d left Thursday. Friends of the performers on the stage that collapsed during a performance late Thursday night are still terrified from what happened.

Video taken inside Westfield High School showed the police presence, with caution tape covering the auditorium where Thursday night, a stage covered with students, came crashing down.

"And at first I thought it was maybe part of the performance,” said Andrew Baier. Baier was in the audience during the performance.

Baier was watching his friends perform. He is still having a hard time believing it actually happened.

"I guess the whole school is probably talking about it you know it's just that thing where we're all kind of like wow I can't believe this happened, I wonder what did happen,” he said.

“I knew some of the people that were in the hospital so that was kind of scary but everyone is ok so I’m glad about that,” said Westfield High School senior Aj Hillis.

Hillis described a very different scene inside his school Friday.

“The mood kind of, everyone was kind of, I don’t want to say down but like, shaken is the word. Everyone was really shaken from it still,” he said.

“I didn’t hear it crack, it just all collapsed, it just fell. I just saw everyone was falling,” said Desi Hoffman.

Hoffman, a 16-year-old sophomore, was on that stage as it came crashing down. She suffered a concussion, and spoke to reporters from her St. Vincent Hospital bed Friday, and recounted the night of fun that turned into one of terror.

“We all were super excited I guess because it was such a great show and we were all really pumped and it was the last song and it was supposed to be the best show and so everyone was kind of just jumping up and down,” she said.

Hoffman’s parents want answers. They expect to know much more after an investigation is complete.

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