A Payson High School sophomore who fell about 25 feet through the ceiling of the school auditorium Monday suffered only bumps and bruises, drama teacher Kathy Siler said.
Cheyenne Greenway, an advanced drama student at PHS, crawled over a catwalk safety rail and onto the ceiling tiles to look for a small room rumored to be located somewhere near the lighting and sound control booth in the back of the auditorium. The tiles were unable to support her weight, and she crashed through the ceiling, bouncing off the auditorium seats before ending up on the concrete floor.
"When she fell through, she hit the seats first, and that probably kept her from landing directly on the cement and getting hurt more seriously," Siler said. The Payson Fire Department responded and transported the girl to Payson Regional Medical Center.
"She is one of my certified techs," Siler said. "She was almost through the program, and I had lectured them about not doing that.
"Back when Mountain Bible Church used to use the auditorium, two boys fell through, and I always tell my students that story as an example of what can happen," she said.
When Greenway broke through, she brought part of the ceiling down with her.
"Four or five tiles and some support bars came down as well," Siler said. "That made it look a lot worse than it really was."