Milwaukee, WI Junior High School Wall Collapses, Apr 1961

THREE HURT AS WALL COLLAPSES.

Milwaukee, Wis. (AP) -- Three seventh grade pupils were injured Monday when a section of a concrete block wall in the Audubon Junior High School gymnasium collapsed.
CAROL NIMMER, 14.
SANDRA DECKER, 12.
CHRISTINE SARTERNO, 12, were swinging on rings attached to the wall when it collapsed, dropping them about 10 feet.
Authorities said CAROL and SANDRA were the most seriously hurt. CAROL had a concussion and SANDRA contusions and a broken toe. CHRISTINE was released. They were in a 40-member class taking part in gym activities when the wall collapsed.
The ring apparatus was bolted to the wall on the west side of the gymnasium in the 2-year-old school.
A 16-foot section of the wall that extends down from the ceiling seven feet broke away as CAROL adjusted the ring ropes for the other girls. Mrs. Shirley Brusky, the instructor, lifted a 200-pound section of the wall off SANDRA'S foot. The wall section that collapsed was separated from a solid masonry bearing wall by about eight inches.
City officials ordered Monday that no gymnasium equipment attached to walls in any Milwaukee schools be used until an investigation has fixed the cause of the accident.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 1961-04-25