Locker Room Assault


Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons Fiction AuthorBLOG POST #212: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two high school football players.

The Bet

Two football teammates made a harmless small bet on a basketball game. The boys were also friends. The one who’d lost the bet promised to pay his friend as soon as he had money.

A few weeks later, after football practice, in the locker room, one boy pushed the other and asked about the money. When the boy who’d been pushed asked his friend to stop pushing him, the friend replied with, “What are you going to do about it?”

The Fight

A mostly one-sided fight ensued. Other boys in the locker room fueled the fight by making comments. Finally, some of the spectators pulled the aggressor off the other boy.

The school called the parents, but not the police nor for an ambulance. When the beaten boy’s mother arrived to pick up her son, she saw he needed immediate medical attention and drove him to an emergency room.

Several surgeries were required to reconstruct the one boy’s jaw, nose, and face. He didn’t return to that school.

The Felony

Local authorities arrested the other boy who was 18 and charged him with aggravated assault. More than one year after the incident, he pleaded guilty to felony assault, causing bodily injury.

The court sentenced him to 10 years of probation, 141 total days in jail. Additionally, he was required to attend anger management and substance abuse classes. Lastly, he had to write a letter of apology to the boy he injured and was prohibited from further contact.

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Thanks for reading!


Source: Palestine Herald Press, USA Today High School Sports

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2 thoughts on “Locker Room Assault

    • Robin Lyons

      Stuff like that sure does happen too often. Is it just me or are kids more easily agitated nowadays than when “we” were young?

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