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Lincoln East student sent to hospital after fall during theater contest released from hospital

Lincoln East student sent to hospital after fall during theater contest released from hospital

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A Lincoln East High School student who was flown to a hospital in Kearney after falling off a stage during a theater competition at North Platte High School on Saturday has been released.

Two East students were initially taken to the hospital in North Platte after the incident.

According to an email sent out to East theater families, one student was carrying another as part of a one-act play when they fell off the stage. The drop was approximately 4 feet. The play was stopped and both students were transported to the hospital.

A statement released by North Platte Superintendent Ron Hanson identified the more seriously injured student as Aedan Strauss. Strauss was flown from North Platte to a hospital in Kearney on Saturday. A hospital spokesman there said Monday he had been released.

The boy's mother declined Monday to comment about the incident.

"The entire staff and administration of North Platte Public Schools would like to offer Aedan well wishes on a speedy recovery," Hanson's statement said. "Our thoughts are with him, his family, and fellow performers during this time."

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Alex Lantz is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has had various roles at the Journal Star since 2012. He currently manages the news section on weekends and oversees the internship program.

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