Italian student dies after falling through skylight

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A 17-year-old student died after falling through a skylight at a school in Lecce, in the southern Italian region of Puglia.

Andrea De Gabriele died after plunging 10 metres through the skylight panel, located in an area used for sports activities at Cosimo De Giorgio college, La Stampa reported.

He is reported to have climbed over a railing bordering the roof where the skylight was situated in an attempt to retrieve his jacket after it was thrown over by a friend as a joke.

The boy is said to have just finished a sports lesson when the accident happened.

Cittadinanzattiva, the consumer association, has called for a full investigation into the matter, adding in a statement that “39 percent of Italian schools are inadequately maintained” despite parents voluntarily donating a total €390 million a year for their upkeep.

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