TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) - A 5-year-old boy is recovering after falling from the visitor bleachers at the Tippecanoe-Stebbins football game.
"They were coming up to sit there and watch the game and he went to go backwards and there's no bar there," says Sierra Hudson who saw him fall.
2 NEWS sent a picture of Tipp's bleachers to Rocky Baker with Farnham Equipment Company, which builds bleachers for schools across the state.
He says the bleachers don't meet the state's standards.
"That would have to be upgraded to prohibit the passage of a four inch sphere," Baker says.
But Baker says there is some confusion about those standards.
They're from the International Code Council and you can find them in Ohio's Building Codes, but we couldn't find anything about penalties or enforcement by state officials.
"To be the best of my knowledge no one is following through," Baker says.
We called Tipp City Superintendent John Kronour to ask about the bleachers.
The football field is owned by the city but the school leases it and is responsible for the maintenance.
Kronour says the fall was a freak accident and that since he's been at the school the bleachers haven't been a problem.
We asked him how often the bleachers are checked, he says they're inspected before the season starts.
Officials say the child who fell suffered a broken wrist.
Baker says it's an injury that didn't have to happen.
"The reason the codes were made and we're saying these are the ones they need to follow is to prevent people from falling," Baker says.
Kronour says the school is looking into the possibility of a bond issue for new elementary schools and a new stadium may be a part of it.
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