Spring semester kicks off with a skateboarding injury

Travis Vail / Roundup


A Pierce College student suffered an ankle injury on the fire lane in The Village while skateboarding to class at approximately 9:20 a.m. today.

Jacob Marcus, a 30-year-old law major wearing a shirt that reads, “Fix the economy, legalize marijuana,” claims he was on his way to add a political science class when the incident happened.

Marcus was in visible pain while waiting on the road with his leg rested on his skateboard, but kept a positive attitude throughout the incident.

“I fell down, go boom,” Marcus explained jokingly.

Fire Department paramedics arrived at 9:37 a.m. in a sheriff’s department pickup truck and proceeded to question Marcus on his injury.

Marcus began suffering from nausea shortly thereafter, but did not require the bucket he requested.

“The pain is about a five or six [out of 10], but my body is going into shock,” Marcus told Fire Department paramedics.

After questioning, paramedics applied an inflatable splint to Marcus’ leg before transporting him to Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, as per Marcus’ request.

Though the injury occurred in a highly populated area of the campus, only two students offered help to Marcus prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.

David James and Jin Nah remained by Marcus’ side until medical help arrived, while fellow students gave only passing interest on their way to classes.

“Everyone’s fighting for a class, so they don’t care about health anymore,” said Nah.

Marcus is not facing any punishment for the incident, but skateboarding is prohibited on the Pierce College campus.

Jacob Marcus focuses on the pain as paramedics stabilize him for transport on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Marcus broke his ankle illegally riding his skateboard in the Pierce Village. (UD)

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