Grievance counselors are reportedly converging on Crescenta Valley High after a student fell to his death near the administration building, according to school sources and witness reports.
The fall was reportedly witnessed by dozens of students, but district officials have so far declined to comment on the incident.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story identified the student as female.
Officials have ordered an evacuation to get students off the campus and home early, said Glendale Unified spokesman Steven Fasher, who declined to elaborate.
Sinead Gray, who went to the school to pick up her brother at the campus, said he witnessed the immediate aftermath of the fall and described the body on the ground.
It happened during the lunch period and students crowded around the scene and on a pedestrian bridge above the body, Gray added.
Hundreds of students, some of them visibly shaken, were waiting on the sports field as parents came to pick them up.
"It’s pretty shocking," said Jeff Choi, 16.
The evacuation comes one day after authorities staged a drunk driving accident at the campus to warn students against the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
The campus was also the focus of a debate on whether to clamp down on its lax open lunch rules after adminstrators discovered that the school wasn't operating in line with district policy.