It has been confirmed that the attempted suicide did happen as described in the message left me by an NYU student.
I am trying to ascertain if is true or not, but as per the following comment left on the blog early this morning,
It seems that there was an attempted suicide from the 10th floor of Bobst – for those of you who may not be aware, that is where Andrew jumped from –
If this is true… well… questions have to be answered.
I am happy for the young person whose life was saved. I am happy for the family.
I feel wretched for Andrew, for myself and for the rest of my family.
Submitted on 2011/03/04 at 12:31 am
do you happen to know what precautions nyu has taken to prevent another tragic suicide at bobst? please accept my sincere apologies if this comment dredges up pain for you in any way.
around midnight last friday night (2/25/11, the night before the violet ball), someone managed to climb the 10th floor plexiglass barrier and straddle it, apparently threatening to jump despite the screams of people in the lobby. i was among a dozen or more people who had wandered into the lobby and were quickly hustled outside while bobst security and the arriving police did their jobs. they seemed to be efficient and coordinated, and within 30 to 45 minutes everyone was allowed back inside.
i don’t know whether it was a prankster or someone intent on suicide, but i was surprised that the plexiglass is still scaleable and that no inflatable mattress, trampoline or netting was available to break the fall and render it survivable.
i was also surprised that i couldn’t find any coverage of this in nyu or local papers. twice i’ve posted comments to nyu local; both times my comment has been deleted: http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2011/02/28/the-changing-culture-of-nyu-mental-health-services/
as i left the library that night, one of the guards assured me that the person on the 10th floor was ok, which was great news. but i don’t think nyu has addressed bobst’s problem fully if the plexiglass is still climbable and nothing has been done to break the suicidal person’s fall, which in itself could be a deterrent.
also, i hate to think that this near-tragedy was hushed up because of the following night’s violet ball, or for some other reason, but given its newsworthiness, i find it hard to stop suspecting it.
i was wondering what your thoughts are on nyu’s efforts to make bobst safer, and if you think the fixes i’ve mentioned would be any help.