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Michigan middle school student dies after falling from school roof

Xavier Small, 14, was an 8th grader at Washtenaw International Middle Academy in Ypsilanti.

A 14-year-old student at a Ypsilanti, Mich., middle school died after sustaining fatal injuries from a fall off the school's roof.

WXYZ-TV reports that Xavier Small, an eighth-grade student at Washtenaw International Middle Academy, was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at the school.

Xavier Small

Authorities believe Xavier may have been on the roof taking part in Parkour, a training regimen that involves running, climbing and jumping to overcome obstacles in natural and urban environments.

The boy's mother says he enjoyed Parkour, it’s unclear if that’s what he was doing when he fell.

The Ypsilanti school district is providing counselors to help students deal with their grief, Superintendent Benjamin Edmondson says.

"​There are no words to properly convey the ​sorrow we feel," Edmondson says on the district's web page. "We send our deepest condolences to the family."

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