TWINSBURG — A 15-year-old boy was injured at Twinsburg High School Wednesday and had to be flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

“My understanding, not having been there, but via reporting, is he was engaging in some athletic activity in the gymnasium and just ran into the wall because he was looking back over his shoulder as he was running,” said Fire Chief Tim Morgan on Thursday. “I’m assuming he was running hard.”

Firefighter/paramedic Mike Perlatti said the call came in at about 1:40 p.m.

“This incident happened during school hours,“ said Perlatti. “Our crews arrived and assessed the patient. Quickly recognizing the seriousness of his injuries, the paramedics on scene made the decision that the best transport was to fly the teen to a level 1 trauma center.”

According to Kathryn Powers, Twinsburg school superintendent, the child was released to his family Wednesday afternoon and is resting at home. “We expect him to return to school next week,” she said.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.

This story was updated at 9:05 p.m.