The repsonses are great, so I thought I would share the whole thing.
November 12, 2007
Berkeley Tree-Sitter Falls, Breaks 2 Limbs
A protester broke his arm and leg after plunging at least 30 feet Sunday night while trying to exit a tree in an oak grove that the University of California at Berkeley plans to raze, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Nathaniel Hill, 24, mistakenly thought he was connected to a cable when he stepped from his perch to see his father, who had stopped by to visit. Mr. Hill was among a group of protesters who are living in the trees in hopes of blocking the university from felling them to make way for a $125-million athletics center. He is not the first protester to take a tumble; a woman broke her wrists in a fall earlier this year.
The university has been sued over the planned tree-cutting, and a court decision is anticipated as early as this week.
Dan Mogulof, a university spokesman, said Mr. Hill’s accident was “very regrettable but to state the obvious, completely avoidable.” —Don Troop
Posted on Monday November 12, 2007 | Permalink |
The headline (perhaps intentionally) did not say whether the tree-sitter broke his own limbs or the tree’s. Thank you for clarifying in the opening sentence.
— CU Alum Nov 12, 11:16 PM #
Sounds like the young man suffered from premature ejection, which can happen when your Dad shows up unexpectedly. Quite embarrassing.
— S. Britchky Nov 13, 03:29 AM #
Forget the hippy. Is the tree ok?
— Jones2 Nov 13, 04:03 AM #
Meh…Just burn the tree’s down with the tree hugging hippies in them, solve two problems at the same time.
— doriangrey Nov 13, 10:45 AM #
His dad just “stopped by”? He didn’t say – I don’t pay for college so you can do this crap! Get out of the tree you hippie moron!?
— woodman Nov 13, 11:17 AM #
Getting hurt to save oak trees? That’s not even a rare tree. Go camp in a bog or something.
— Chip Nov 13, 11:29 AM #
Isn’t he a little old to be climbing trees? At 24, he better have his doctorate by now. When are these hippies going to grow up?
— BW Nov 13, 11:37 AM #
For the the hippie-haters in the crowd who rejoice in the suffering of others, trees do have functions aside from being places to hang nooses.
— coal_train Nov 13, 12:15 PM #
Obviously they have more uses…. dog toilets, carbon-credits, nailing posters to… or, in your case, barking up the wrong one.
— practical_joe Nov 13, 12:27 PM #
If a tree-hugger falls in a forest…
— beefeater Nov 13, 12:41 PM #
How do you get a tree-hugger down from a tree? Wave to him.
— beefeater Nov 13, 12:46 PM #
…re-pave paradise, put up a wealthy donor’s wishes.
— marci Nov 13, 02:39 PM #
Since the injury was suffered on the job, can he apply for disability insurance?
— Lawrence S. Lerner Nov 13, 03:29 PM #
The San Jose Mercury News did report this as “breaking news.”
— ironmite Nov 13, 03:43 PM #