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Italian student dies after falling through skylight

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

Italian student dies after falling through skylight
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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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Mafioso assault sparks Italian media protest

Dozens of Italian journalists protested Friday to defend freedom of speech after a colleague was violently assaulted by the brother of a mafia boss.

Mafioso assault sparks Italian media protest
Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The group demonstrated outside a gym owned by Roberto Spada, who was filmed headbutting TV reporter Daniele Piervincenzi, before attacking him with a baton.

Piervincenzi had been investigating Spada's alleged links to the far-right CasaPound movement and his nose was fractured in the attack.

“We are here to say a headbutt or even criticism will not stop us,” Dino Giarruso, a colleague of Piervincenzi, said at the protest in the coastal resort of Ostia, just outside Rome.

“Journalists are not exempt from reproach but that in no way justifies being assaulted when you are doing your job – it's unacceptable in a democratic country,” Giarruso added.

Piervincenzi was questioning Spada for a report for national broadcaster Rai about municipal elections, two years after the local council was dissolved due to mafia infiltration.

CasaPound, suspected of links to organised crime in the area, won eight percent of the first round votes.

Italian police arrested Spada on Thursday for assault aggravated by mafia-style violence, with prosecutors saying his behaviour was typical of methods used by organised crime groups to control territory.

He faces up to three years behind bars.

The Spada clan is notoriously violent. Seven members of the family were sentenced to a combined 56 years in jail in October, and Roberto's brother Carmine was ordered to serve 10 years last year for extortion and mafia association.