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Posted on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

MSU 911 calls: Students seek help after Ann Arbor teen's 6-story fall

By Julie Baker

Emergency calls reportedly flooded in after 18-year-old Alexandra Pew of Ann Arbor fell from a sixth-floor window at a Michigan State University dormitory March 25.

WXYZ included two 911 calls in a report Monday evening. In one, a female caller says, "Some girl just fell from like the sixth story onto the ground." The 911 dispatcher has her describe the location, in the back of Case Hall. A male caller describes the location as being by the fire station.

Pew, a senior at Greenhills School, was released from a Lansing hospital about one week after the fall. She was previously listed in critical condition.

An MSU police spokeswoman told MLive that Pew was playing a game of catch with several residents in the sixth-floor lounge around 3 a.m. when she fell backward, breaking through the window and falling to the ground.

See WXYZ's report below:



Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

Why do these 911 calls always get released just days after some tragedy. What happened to privacy? Or if that doesn't matter, what if there is some litigation that stems from the tragedy and a jury pool is tainted by the release of a "911 tape". What is the "need to know" as the media pry's into the panic and distress of someone managing a personal disaster? I think these tapes should not be released without a subpeona. It's no different than gawking at a highway wreck....we all do it, then feel bad about looking.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:46 p.m.

So the point of this story is that people actually call 911 when they witness an emergency? Is this anecdotal or is there a series of studies to suggest this 911 thing is actually catching on?