An unnamed 15-year-old high school football player has died after being injured during practice at Sachem East High School. Sachem East High School is located on Long Island, New York.
According to Assistant Commissioner Justin Meyers, the injury happened on the school’s athletic field on Granny Road in Farmingville around 8:30 AM.
The teen was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he would be pronounced dead.
The school has yet to release an official statement at this time. There is no word on the identity of the teen or the nature of the injury that caused his death.
According to NBC, while the nature of the injury wasn’t immediately clear, sources familiar with the investigation say the boy may have slipped and hit his head on a pole during a training exercise that involved team members carrying a metal pole on their shoulders.
Furthermore, NBC says equipment was scattered across the football field as if the practice had ended abruptly. The teen’s teammates had rushed to the hospital with him, sources say, and investigators are speaking to the players.
No other information is currently available.
About The Sachem School District
The Sachem Central School District, founded in 1955, is one of the largest school districts by population on Long Island.
The district now encompasses residents of the Census-Designated Places of Holbrook, Holtsville and Farmingville, as well as some parts of Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Ronkonkoma, Nesconset, and Bohemia.
As of 2011, its district office is located in Lake Ronkonkoma at Samoset Middle School.