San Diego California Personal Injury: Punching game lands student in hospital

05/04/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

San Diego, CA—A schoolyard game, regarded by many students as mere play-fighting, did not end so fun for a 15-year-old high school student who was hospitalized as a result of the strange form of on-campus entertainment. The incident occurred at Serra High School in San Diego, California and is currently being investigated by San Diego Unified School District police, according to information provided by on Monday, May 3, 2010.

Reports stated an unidentified freshman at Serra High School was reaching into his pocket to grab his iPod when a fellow student “punched him in the chest and ran away.” The teen consequently blacked out and fell to the ground, landing face first on the pavement.

Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel were dispatched to the school to transport the student to an area hospital for treatment. Authorities from Serra High School subsequently notified the student’s mother that he had “fainted.” Nonetheless, she soon discovered her son was actually knocked unconscious due to his participation in popular game known as “pockets.”

School officials repeatedly warn students that any participation in play-fighting, whether it be innocent or not, will result in the partaker’s automatic suspension. Serra High School principle Michael Jimenez issued the following statement to be read to students on a daily basis:

“Students are NOT allowed to play games on campus that result in the physical contact of any kind. Play-fighting is strictly prohibited. Any students who are play-fighting will be suspended and possibly recommended for expulsion.”

The teen who was rushed to the hospital described the game as, “When you put your hands in your pockets, you get punched in the chest… I don’t want to play no more.”

San Diego Unified School District police are collecting witness accounts at school and conducting an independent probe into the incident. Reports also indicate the case could result in potential criminal charges.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for California Personal Injury Attorneys.

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