Mission Prep sued for football injury, bullying
May 23, 2015
A former Mission Prep football player is suing the high school over an incident during a 2013 practice that allegedly left him with a concussion and brainstem stroke, as well as a series of nasty text messages from students. [Tribune]
The plaintiff, who is still a minor, suffered the injuries from a helmet-to-helmet hit, which is not allowed by California high school football rules. The injured athlete was also diagnosed with sensory deficits, headaches, pain walking, difficulty breathing and swallowing, according to the suit.
Following the incident, he endured bullying from Mission Prep students, particularly by way of text message, the suit alleges. One text message stated, “Team captain says u r a wimp and hez glad he made ur brains scrambled… and is gonna get u next week to.”
The team captain, also a minor, was the player who delivered the helmet-to-helmet hit, according to the lawsuit. He is also one of the defendants. That player’s parents likewise are listed as defendants.
The lawsuit additionally names Mission Prep head coach Chad Henry, former assistant coach Nick Friedman, Principal James Childs and the Diocese of Monterey.
Friedman allegedly conducted the drill during which the injury occurred and did not stop or discipline the captain for making the hit. Rather, Friedman applauded him for the helmet-to-helmet hit, the suit states.
The plaintiff has since transferred high schools.
The suit was filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Friday. The plaintiff is seeking punitive damages for claims that include assault, battery, bullying and intentional infliction of emotional distress.