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Bullied Iowa high school football player in a coma after attack by teammates

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Football player in coma after attack.

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A 16-year-old Iowa high school football player is in a coma after brain surgery. Last week his teammates unleashed a series of attacks to Kacey Strough's head with a football. Strough allegedly complained to coaches, but they did nothing. From the Des Moines Register:

The teen afterward developed headaches and speech problems, and he gradually was paralyzed on the left side of his body, beginning with a droopy eye and mouth. He made multiple visits to the doctor, [his step-grandmother] Chris Strough said, and his condition became serious enough Friday that doctors decided to engage in the risky brain surgery.

"This kid’s going to pay for the rest of his life for something an adult could’ve stopped," Chris Strough said.

The school isn't saying a word, other than a canned statement that they take the safety of their students seriously. If the reports are correct, obviously "they" doesn't include the coaching staff of the football team. Sadly, so many high school coaches still cling to hazing as a substitute for their own leadership. The police are investigating the incident. I don't see how this man keeps his job, or how the students keep their position on the football team, if the allegations are true.

While the linked story above says the police are not taking action, the Bedford (Iowa) police department has apparently issued a press release stating they are investigating the incident.

Hat tip to Glenn P.

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