Teen doing handstand on Mall of America 2nd-floor railing falls to first floor, survives

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A 17-year-old somehow escaped serious injury after plunging from the Mall of America's second floor to the first just after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Witnesses reported that the teen was doing a handstand on a railing before falling, according to information from MOA officials.

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Sgt. Tom Williams, a Bloomington police officer since 1986, tells us he's not aware of anybody else falling from a railing during the MOA's 22-year history. A man sitting on a handrail did fall two stories to his death back in 2003, however.

Here's the entirety of a statement sent to us by the Bloomington PD:
On Saturday, June 28 at 2:33 PM, Bloomington Police assisted Mall of America Security and came to the aid of a 17 year-old Minneapolis resident who had fallen from the second floor balcony, landing on the first floor, near 162 North Garden at MOA. Witnesses reported that the 17 year-old was doing a hand stand on the railing for the second floor walkway when he lost his balance and fell to the first floor.

The 17 year-old was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. His injuries do not appear to be serious.
Mall officials didn't immediately return messages seeking comment, but in the Pioneer Press, MOA spokesman Dan Jasper is quoted as saying the fall, which happened near the Foot Locker nearby Sears, was "apparently the result of horseplay." He said the teen had no signs of visible injury.

The Strib, citing law enforcement, reports that the teen was at the mall with his parents, but they weren't in the immediate vicinity when their son attempted his fateful handstand. Though the Minneapolis teen apparently emerged from the mishap mostly unscathed, his parents requested he be transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.



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42 comments
Hunter S. Chompson
Hunter S. Chompson

Tim Sink, how about skipping fencing and just don't be a dumbass.

Tim Sink
Tim Sink

They should put fencing up on those rails so you can't do that and post lots of signs saying its dangerous to do handstands on second floor railings........ DUMBASSS!!!!!!

Mai Vang
Mai Vang

And that's why women live longer than men

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Web thugs? This is not normal behavior. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

You have to be a real dumbass to go to the MOA in the first place - but this guy wins the prize. 

Mat Lang
Mat Lang

Stupid is as stupid does "deserved it".

Samuel Sam
Samuel Sam

Luke/Gregory... At least they weren't jumping escalators.

Conan Troutman
Conan Troutman

He won't be able to cheat natural selection forever!

w0lfhail3y
w0lfhail3y

I watched him fall. I felt bad for him at first but when I heard about what he was doing before... I don't feel bad anymore.

graphicbrooke
graphicbrooke

My mom was shopping with my cousin for his first time at MOA that day and while in Foot Locker, they heard a big bang, turned around and saw a guy laying on the ground outside of the store. They thought he was dead at first. Talk about a way to remember the MOA by....

People don't always do the smartest things to puff out their chest a bit....but I'm just glad he's ok.

Kyle Burt Jr.
Kyle Burt Jr.

A kid can't do handstands without being called names? You web thugs...

eyetod
eyetod

natural selection 


atrupar
atrupar moderator

@graphicbrooke Hey Brooke, could you get me in touch with either your mom or cousin? Would be interested to hear about what they saw.

graphicbrooke
graphicbrooke

@atrupar she said she would have said pretty much what I did already, and would have added that it was freaky.  i'm sure everything happened pretty fast after that.

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