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UNC scrambles to meet demand for bed rails

Posted September 14, 2010 3:38 p.m. EDT
Updated September 15, 2010 10:39 a.m. EDT

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has seen increased requests for safety rails on loft beds in student housing since the report of a death early this semester in Kenan Residence Hall.

Donna Sykes, 49, was spending the night with her daughter, Jesse, when she fell and hit her head. She never regained consciousness and died at an area hospital.

Since Sykes' death Aug. 20, requests for rails have increased, according to the department of housing and residential education. The university has provided 200, order 800 and borrowed about 40 from North Carolina State University.

Department Director Larry Hicks said the goal is to provide rails for all 8,500 student beds.