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OTTAWA COUNTY, OH (Press Release) -
Toledo law firm is representing an Ottawa County mother who claims her son's
civil rights were violated.
stems from a football practice at Woodmore High School last fall, where the
16-year-old suffered a brain injury.
say, ‘Well, gee whiz, football is a contact sport,' but this wasn't an injury in
the scope of playing football," said Charles Boyk, from the Charles E. Boyk Law
says last September, the sophomore and several other players at Woodmore were
subject to a hitting drill for arriving late to practice.
was a 16-year-old kid who had to sit there while the coach ordered other
players to tackle him," Boyk said.
at St. Vincent say the teen suffered a traumatic brain injury from the drill.
Now his parents have filed a civil rights lawsuit against Woodmore Schools,
head coach Britton Devier and assistant coach Todd Bringman.
normal civil rights action would be an excessive force case, where a police
officer injured somebody, or a police officer killed somebody," Boyk explained.
"In this case, the football coaches, instead of using a gun, they used the
fellow players to injure our client."
Bringman has resigned. Coach Devier is up for another position to coach at
Fremont Ross. Toledo News Now reached out to Superintendent Linda Bringman and
the school board – neither returned our calls.
complaint says the player's family is suing for "in excess of $75,000."
think if responsible people are not held responsible, then nothing is ever
going to change," Boyk said.