A California teen filed a lawsuit against his school and is making shocking claims that he suffered brain damage from a football hazing ritual, according to court filings obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The unnamed teen was badly injured during a hazing event held in the freshman locker room on February 4, the lawsuit said. The teen engaged in a fighting game known as “Bodies,” where two people fight until one “can’t take it anymore,” the lawsuit said.
The teen was hit in the head and face by the other player and was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and underwent surgery on his nose in hospital, the outlets reported.
The lawsuit alleges that during the beating, the victim, who is white, was called the N-word several times by his attacker and another teammate.
The complaint said Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson is well aware of the hazing rituals.
“If I had a hundred dollars for every time these kids played Bodies or Slappies, I’d be a millionaire,” Rollinson told the victim’s father, the lawsuit claims.
The teen has since experienced severe pain, slurred speech, and cognitive dysfunction, according to the lawsuit.
After the fight ended, the plaintiff was told “not to snitch,” but he later told other members of staff that he had actually hit his face on a bathroom sink.
The lawsuit also claims that school staff didn’t intervene to help after the fight ended, despite evidence that he was bleeding.