POULTNEY — A Green Mountain College student is in critical condition after he apparently jumped through a fourth-floor window of Ames Hall while he and friends were taking LSD and drinking wine early Sunday morning.
Christian Pezzino, 22, of Reading, Pa., was in the intensive care unit at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with a head injury Monday.
Pezzino was initially taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center, but was soon flown to Burlington by helicopter, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition late Monday afternoon.
Detective Sgt. Albert “Butch” Abdelnour said Pezzino was drinking LSD-laced wine just after midnight with a group of friends on the fourth floor of Ames Hall where his dorm room is, when he reportedly ran to the end of a hallway and jumped through a closed window.
“According to witnesses, he had indulged in LSD and wine,” Abdelnour said. “He ran to the end of the hallway and jumped through the closed window. At this time, it’s being investigated as a drug-related incident.”
Abdelnour said the investigation is continuing and couldn’t say if any of the students will face charges.
“That all depends on what the investigation turns up,” Abdelnour said. “We’re more interested in where the drugs came from.”
Kevin Coburn, director of communications at Green Mountain College, said the college is looking at the event as an accident and said the school immediately notified Pezzino’s family.
“Our vice president of student affairs has been in constant contact with the family,” Coburn said, adding that Pezzino’s family is with him in Burlington.
“The GMC Wellness Center has reached out to a number of students impacted by this incident and is available to assist any student or employee,” Coburn said in a release that was sent to the campus community Monday morning notifying them of the incident.
“We pledged to keep the community up to date,” Coburn said. “Obviously, students are upset and concerned about his well-being. It’s a very tight-knit community of about 600 undergrads.”
Ames Hall is one of the most recognizable buildings on campus. It is the building first seen on the circular drive as a visitor arrives through the gates.
Coburn said Ames Hall is a multiuse building that has dorm rooms and faculty offices as well as classrooms.
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