A student stepped onto a second- story walkway during lunch Wednesday at Johansen High School in Modesto and prepared to jump as students crowded below.
A campus supervisor and teacher pulled her back in the nick of time, Assistant Principal Alfredo Gonzalez said Thursday.
"(The student) had made a decision and acted on it," Gonzalez said. The girl, a freshman, said nothing before she climbed over the railing on the walkway, about 15 feet above the quad area, he said.
The incident lasted about five minutes and came at the end of the first lunch period, he estimated.
The staff member, Mindy Treviño, "saw what was happening, ran up the stairs and was able to get to her," Gonzalez said. "She said it was kind of surreal ... her instincts took over, she grabbed her and held on."
A teacher walking by helped Treviño pull the girl to safety and a Modesto police officer assigned to the campus took her to a mental health clinic for assessment, Gonzalez said.
"She's getting help," Gonzalez said.
After the incident, he said, Treviño was shaken.
"She said, 'I don't know if I did the right thing.' But she absolutely did," Gonzalez said. "There was definitely a panic with students. They were pretty distraught, pretty shocked at what was going on.
"She (Treviño) didn't get flustered ... in essence it's part of her job. But the way she acted, in a calm, efficient way. Her work ethic. Her instincts. Basically, she saved a kid from seriously injuring herself, possibly fatally injuring herself."
Treviño has more than a decade of experience as a campus supervisor at Johansen, Gonzalez said. "She's the best I've ever seen."
Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2339.