26 cheerleaders ranging in age from 14 to 17 had to be rescued by firefighters and police in Jester Hall Tuesday evening at the University of Texas in Austin after the elevator they all crammed into wouldn't open at their destination floor.
The curious girls, attending Texas Cheer Camp, wanted to try and squeeze as many of them as they could inside the elevator car. After they realized they were stuck and started panicking, some wiggled free their cell phones.
“It’s dangerous actually. They’re lucky that that’s all that happened. Take the sign seriously. No more than 15 people or 3,000 pounds,” said a university police official. Most were treated on-site, but one girl who fainted visited the hospital.