Metro-East News

July 31, 2014

Girl falls through skylight at unoccupied Belle Valley school

A teenage girl was hospitalized late Wednesday after she was injured at a former Belleville area school.

The accident happened at the former Belle Valley North School, located in a residential subdivision on the opposite side of West Boulevard from Belleville East High School.

According to reports, the girl, 16, was on the roof about 10 p.m. for unknown reasons. She was injured when she partially fell through the roof after stepping on a skylight near the center of the building. The extent of the girl's injuries were not available Thursday.

St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson said Thursday he could not comment on the incident since the police report was still being completed by deputies.

The school is located in unincorporated St. Clair County.

Belle Valley North has been empty since 2011, when students moved into the new Belle Valley School near the intersection of Green Mount Road and Mascoutah Avenue.

Developer Nick Snyder, a managing member of H&S Properties LLC, purchased the former Belle Valley North and Belle Valley South schools from Belle Valley School District 119 in late 2012.

Snyder bought Belle Valley North for $57,000 and Belle Valley South for $203,000.

Since then, Snyder has been trying actively to sell the buildings or find tenants to rent space in the former schools. He said both buildings have been well maintained.

No trespassing signs are posted on the buildings, Snyder said.

"The teenager should not have been on the roof," he said Thursday afternoon. "We hope that everything that did happen to her can be medically treated, and she will be okay."

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