PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University school leaders have assembled a team to look into window protection concerns on campus.
This follows after pressure from family and supporters of a freshmen student who accidently fell from a dorm room window last Thursday.
Two weeks ago Jim Gray of Seattle dropped off his son Mathew Gray at Washington State University. Mathew he was set to begin his freshmen year. Now, he is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
“My kid's laying up in a bed. And I don't know if he's gonna wake up. And if he does wake up, I don't know what kind of kid I'm going to get back,” Gray told KING 5’s Greg Copeland.
Officials said Mathew fell from the second story window of his dorm room at Duncan Dunn Hall. Police said he had been drinking. Gray said even if that were a factor, the problem is the windows themselves.
"Not only are the windows unsafe, they've made it easy for kids to fall out of these windows,” said Gray.
Gray wants more window protection on campus and by the looks of a Change.Org petition, he isn't the only one.
The petition has more than 9,000 signatures creeping closer and closer to the goal of 10,000 signatures. More than $44,000 has been raised for Mathew and his family on a GoFundMe page that was set up for him.
WSU school leaders said they has put together a team to seriously look into this safety concern. They are researching if there has been any other accidents like this on campus in past years. As well as looking into window protection.
The WSU spokesperson added while they are not responsible for off campus housing. They are exploring ways to work on safety in off campus housing as well.
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