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Mississippi high school band criticized for halftime show

Fans watching a halftime performance by a Mississippi high school marching band Friday night were outraged at a show that depicted students holding toy guns and an apparent shooting, The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reported.

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According to WLBT, photos taken during the halftime show of a football game showed the visiting Forest Hill High School band dressed as doctors and nurses holding SWAT team members at gunpoint.

The make-believe gunplay at Brookhaven High School comes less than a week after the shooting deaths of Brookhaven policemen Zach Moak and James White, who were killed last Saturday, the Daily Leader reported.

“At no point in time is this acceptable,” Susan Mathes May wrote on Facebook. “At any school, at any performance, in any town.”

Gov. Phil Bryant called the performance unacceptable. 

The halftime performance by the Forest Hills High School band was supposed to depict a hostage scene from the move “John Q,” Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene said, WLBT reported.

“The band’s performance does not depict the values and people in our community, and was incredibly insensitive to the students, families, law enforcement officials and the entire Brookhaven community,” Greene said in a release Saturday, WLBT reported.

‘I can’t feel my body’ said Georgia prep football player who collapsed, later died

The Georgia high school football player who died Sunday night after suffering a brain injury two nights earlier told a first responder “I can’t feel my body” before passing out, CNN reported.

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Dylan Thomas, 17, a junior inside linebacker at Pike County High School, was injured during the third quarter of Friday night’s game against Peach County. According to the Georgia High School Association, Thomas fell during a play and complained that he had no feeling in his leg, the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Thomas was helped off the field. According to Steve Fry, a first responder and the mayor of Williamson, the youth fell off the sideline bench, CNN reported. When the boy woke up, he said “I can’t feel my body,” and passed out again, Fry told CNN.

According to the GHSA, Thomas was wearing a 2018 model Riddell Flex helmet, the highest-rated helmet that the company manufactures, the Journal-Constitution reported. 

"Dylan's dad took his own money and bought an NFL-quality helmet for Dylan, because he was somewhat concerned about head injuries," Fry told CNN.

Pike County coach Brad Webber said Monday his staff was reviewing video to try to pinpoint how Thomas was injured, the Journal-Constitution reported.

“He was talking and (was) fine and then things went bad,” Webber told the newspaper.

Webber told CNN that Thomas “was the heart and soul of our defense.”

"He was an incredible young man with work ethic that you can't believe," Webber said. "Just (a) great student, great family, and the sky was gonna be the limit for him."

The GHSA said in a statement Tuesday that it found no negligence or video evidence of a specific injury suffered by Thomas, the Journal-Constitution reported.

High school football player dies after suffering injury during game

A Georgia high school football player has died after an injury suffered during a football game on Friday night, Atlanta's WSB-TV reports.

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Witnesses said Pike County High School junior Dylan Thomas was taken by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for surgery. His uncle posted on Facebook that Thomas was in “very critical condition” and is suffering from brain swelling from the injury. 

>> Tennessee State player has emergency surgery after head injury at college football game

On Sunday night, Thomas' pastor confirmed to WSB-TV that Thomas had died.

Family and friends gathered for a vigil to pray for the high school football player on Sunday. The Pike County varsity football team carried his jersey onto their home field, where hundreds of fans joined them in prayer. 

The community rallied in support of Thomas, sharing his photo with the hashtag #DylanStrong across social media.

“It meant the world for me. We got guys driving from like three hours away to come over just to see one kid and pray for him," said Thomas' teammate, Jake Patterson.

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It is unclear where the 16-year-old was hit, but family members told WSB-TV that the defensive tackle seemed unfazed by the collision until the second half of the game. 

“I heard that he was saying that, you know, he wasn’t really feeling right, and that’s when his left leg and left arm went numb and he pretty much fell off the bench," his uncle, Nick Burgess, told WSB-TV's Michael Seiden.

Another football player from Georgia was injured during a game this weekend.

Atlanta native Christion Abercrombie was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after he was injured during a Tennessee State game Saturday.

The TSU Tigers middle linebacker was listed in critical condition.

"It was just a football play," said coach Rod Reed Sunday morning on his coach's radio show on WNSR. "He was taking on a block and it wasn't anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation."

Texas man critical after argument at JV football game results in shooting

One man is in critical condition and another man is in custody after gunfire erupted during a junior varsity football game in Texas, WFAA reported.

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Fighting broke out between two men during the Thursday night game at Hebron High School. Police said no students were involved, the television station reported.

Hebron was played Nimitz High School’s JV squad when the two men began arguing during the third quarter. 

The men agreed to take their dispute to the parking lot. When they reached the ticket booths at the stadium, one man pulled out a gun and shot the other, KXAS reported.

The shooter was arrested and identified as a 47-year-old black male from Carrollton, WFAA reported. The victim, a black male in his 30s, was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition, the television station reported.

17 on their minds: Stoneman Douglas football team wins home opener by 17

Seventeen was on the minds of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team Friday night.

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The Eagles, playing a home game for the first time since 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at the South Florida school on Feb. 14, defeated South Broward 23-6, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

It was a 17-point margin of victory for a squad that is honoring the memory of the 17 victims this season. Two of the victims were offensive-line coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon.

“We know (the 17) are here with us,” quarterback Ryan Kavanaugh told the Sun-Sentinel. 

Seventeen other people were injured in the shooting at the Parkland high school.

The Eagles players had a No. 17 painted on their logo at midfield and 17 also on every player’s helmet, the newspaper reported.

“It’s the 17 angels,” said junior running back Brian Smith, who scored the first touchdown for Douglas (2-0). “They were watching us.”

Douglas opened its season in Georgia, defeating St. Matthew of Ottawa, Canada.

Texas high school football team snaps 77-game losing streak

A Texas high school football team ended nearly eight years of frustration Thursday night by snapping a 77-game losing streak, WFAA reported.

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Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School of Fort Worth defeated Dallas Conrad 40-12, winning for the first time since Sept. 18, 2010. That night, the Eagles beat Dallas Jefferson, 31-7, the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth reported.

"It was just a relief, you know, it finally happened!" player Adrian Gutierrez told WFAA.“I knew the record," coach Oscar Castillo told the television station Friday. "We've preached since we got here, just be positive, positive, positive. No negativity whatsoever."The 77-game losing streak is not the longest in state history. According to statisticians at Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Davis High School in Houston lost 80 games in a row from 1985 to 1993.

1 teen dead after shooting near California high school

One teen is dead and another is in critical condition Friday after a shooting near a junior varsity game at a California high school, KGO reported.

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Fairfield police said a 16-year-old boy was dead and an 18-year-old man was taken to the hospital after the incident around 5 p.m. near Armijo High School, KRON reported. 

Fairfield police arrested two people in connection with the deadly shooting after receiving reports of a “gun battle” between two groups of people, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

>> 1 person dead after shots fired at Florida high school football game

"We do know that there were multiple shooters and it appeared that the groups were shooting at each other," Lt. Greg Hurlbut of the Fairfield Police Department told KGO.

Police found and arrested the two suspects within an hour, the television station reported.

It is not known whether the suspects and victims were students at the school, the Chronicle reported.

Mollie Tibbetts' younger brother throws 2 TD passes in emotional season opener

The younger brother of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts decided to play in his high school football team’s season opener Friday, throwing for two touchdowns and running for a third in an emotional victory, The Des Moines Register reported.

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Scott Tibbetts, a senior at Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High School, started at quarterback against Lisbon, three days after his sister’s body was found in a rural cornfield. He led the Bears to a 35-24 victory and sealed the win by recovering a late onside kick, the Register reported.

Players on the Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom squad wore “MT” patches on their uniforms and decals on their helmets, KCRG reported. Scott Tibbetts pointed skyward after throwing his first touchdown pass, which gave the Bears a 14-6 lead.

>> Mollie Tibbetts died from ‘multiple sharp force injuries’

Mollie Tibbetts, 20, a student at the University of Iowa, disappeared July 18 while jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa. The suspect in her murder, Cristhain Rivera, a 24-year-old Mexico native, led police to Tibbetts’ body Tuesday, according to an arrest affidavit. Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder.

>> Man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts held on $5M bond

Funeral services for Mollie Tibbetts will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the high school gymnasium, according to her obituary listing provided on the Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service website.

1 person dead after shots fired at Florida high school football game, deputies say

One person was killed at a Florida high school football game as the contest ended Friday night, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed.

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In a tweet late Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said one person died and two were injured after a game played between host William M. Raines High School and Robert E. Lee High School.

The Sheriff's Office said early Saturday that one male and one female were shot and transported to hospitals, while one young male was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The victims’ names had not been released as of early Saturday.

Deputies estimated that 4,000 people attended the game, which was the season opener for Raines.  Around 3,000 fans had left by the time the shooting began, the Sheriff’s Office said.

"With the amount of people there, we should have many witnesses," a sheriff’s spokesman said. 

There were several fights and disturbances during the football game, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and officials said they will be looking into those to see if there are any connections to the shooting. 

Deputies said the shooting occurred up and down the sidewalk -- between the stadium and the school entrance -- around 10 p.m. Officers at the scene found three victims with gunshot wounds. One victim, a young adult male, died at the scene. Rescue transported two others to the hospital.

Federal authorities are assisting JSO in the investigation. A search is on for a single shooter, authorities said.

Duval County Superintendent Diana Greene said officials were still in the process of gathering information and will release a statement later. 

>> 1 teen dead after shooting near California high school

Greene did say, however, that the incident was a “very troubling reflection” of what's happening in the Jacksonville community. 

This is not the first time there has been an incident at a football game between the two schools. 

A 20-year-old was shot after a 2012 game at Raines High School.

This is a developing story.

Dad of late ex-Ohio high school football player sues helmet makers

The father of a former Ohio high school football player who died in 2016 after a seizure led to his drowning has sued the manufacturers of helmets worn by Cody Hamblin.

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Darren Hamblin alleges in a suit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by his son while he played at Miamisburg High School led to seizure and death.

The suit names Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. The plaintiffs allege negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and wrongful death.

Cody Hamblin, 22, died May 29, 2016, in Fayetteville, Ohio, when he was fishing during Memorial Day weekend with his grandfather. He had a sudden seizure while on a boat, fell overboard into the water and died within a minute, according to the suit.

CTE is only determined by postmortem analysis, and an autopsy was performed on Cody Hamblin on June 30, 2016, the suit said.

The court document claims that Hamblin played football from 2001, when he was 8 years old, until 2011 and that he developed brain and neurological damage while using those companies’ helmets.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs “did not know the long-term effects of repeat brain injuries, subconcussive hits and cumulative brain trauma and relied on” the defendants to protect them.

“Upon information and belief, there are no specific safety standards for youth sports,” the suit alleges. “In other words, (the companies’) ‘safety standards’ utilized in the design and manufacture of their tackle football helmets fail to differentiate between adult tackle football participants and children tackle football participants, despite the drastic and varying differences between the two.”

“Children possess unique features and vulnerabilities not possessed by fully developed, exceptionally fit adult athletes,” the suit said.

In addition, the suit said children are more vulnerable to head, neck and brain injuries than adults because youth football players’ heads and brains are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their bodies.

The suit cites design defects and that the companies failed to provide necessary and adequate information and made misrepresentations about their products.

The defendants have not yet filed an answer in court.

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