Clarksville teen graduates high school after near-death fall from cliff

Christian Harrison

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – He wasn’t sure we was going to make it to his graduation but a Clarksville teen wouldn’t let anything stop him, not even a 60-foot fall down a cliff.

Christian Harrison has been in bed since it happened last Wednesday, and just days later he was on the graduation stage.

Christian Harrison
“I’m just really happy to be here,” said 18-year-old Christian Harrison, a Montgomery Central High School graduate.

“I’m just really happy to be here,” said 18-year-old Harrison, a Montgomery Central High School graduate.

He is in a wheelchair, and it is the only way he could accept his diploma at the Dunn Center at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

“This is literally all I have been looking forward to. It’s like, ‘Oh graduation, graduation, graduation,’” said Harrison.

He realized that dream could have been shattered. Last time News 2 spoke with Harrison, he was in the hospital.

The 18-year-old has a broken ankle and a fractured back after falling more than 60 feet off a cliff.

It happened while he was exploring caves at Queens Bluff in Clarksville.

“I heard all my classmates cheering for me and it meant the world and a half like it meant so much to me,” said Harrison at graduation Friday afternoon.

Christian Harrison
Christian Harrison in the hospital on Wednesday, May 14 after his fall from the cliff.

He said now he is ready for the future. He wants to become an actor.

“The good thing about being in bed so long is and being alone by myself is I have had time to consider everything and if anything this has given me a more of a reason to live,” said Harrison. “I’m lucky to be alive, so I am choosing not to waste my time anymore.”

He said he’s going to start pursuing things more and doing what he loves.

“I’m going to pursue my dreams more and I’m all around going to go after my dreams,” he continued.

He will be attending Austin Peay State University in August where he plans tol major in acting and directing.

Harrison already had one surgery on his ankle last week and has another scheduled for next week.

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