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WF third-grader suffers apparent neck injury in fall from swing

WEST FARGO - A third-grader at West Fargo's Aurora Elementary School was treated and released at a local hospital after she fell or jumped off a swing this morning on the first day of school, officials said.

Principal Carol Zent said three to five adult supervisors were present for the supervised recess, and they responded "appropriately and immediately" to the incident.

"We were on the scene," Zent said. The school nurse was also on duty and responded, she said.

Zent said she was told the girl had jumped from the swing after hearing a whistle used to remind students that school was ready to begin.

West Fargo Police Officer Pete Nielsen, who was assigned to patrol the school on Tuesday, corroborated Zent's version of events, saying teachers were already tending to the girl by the time he got to her.

"The teachers did a good job," he said.

The girl was conscious and complaining of neck and back pain, and she had vomited, Nielsen said. She was moving her fingers and feet and squeezing a teacher's hand at the scene, he said.

Zent said the girl's mother didn't want her name released. She was treated and released at Sanford Medical Center and was back in school Tuesday afternoon.

"She's doing well," Zent said.

Aurora Elementary is at 3420 9th St. W. in the Eagle Run area of West Fargo.

Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt contributed to this report.