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Carolee - posted on 10/06/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Ohio player pricks foes in handshake line, forces tetanus shots

By Cameron Smith


In one of the most disturbing acts by an individual high school athlete in recent times, an Ohio football player placed a sharp object -- believed to be a tack -- in his glove before walking through a postgame handshake line, pricking the hands of 27 opponents as he walked through and "congratulated" them on a game well played.



According to the Wilmington (Ohio) News Journal and NBC affiliate WCMH, a Washington (Ohio) Court House High 16-year-old who was ineligible for the game sat on his team's sideline, then walked through the handshake line after his team's 26-0 victory against McLain (Ohio) High with a studded receiver's glove. The punctures made by the player's sharp glove eventually forced all 27 of the undisclosed perpetrator's alleged victims to receive tetanus shots from the Highland County health department at a meeting between the players and the Highland County Health Commissioner days after the event.

McLain players shared the most troubling details of the incident with WCMH.

"We walked across the 50-yard line and supposedly one of the guys had tacks in his glove. Nobody knew about it. I was far back enough in the line that everyone started to turn around and I got out of the way," said Michael Aeh, a McClain football player. ...

"They felt the pain of it when it occurred and they thought maybe they had hit a nerve or something. Then some of them immediately … looked at their hands and saw blood," said Dr. Dan Strain, McClain High School principal.

While the McLain players who suffered hand injuries because of the stunt were understandably most upset about the incident, local police also opened an investigation and contacted the mother of the suspect, who reportedly told Greenfield Police Chief Tim Hester that she planned to hire an attorney to defend her son.

"It was a small, sharp object," Hester told the News Journal. "We think it was probably a tack, but we haven't recovered it so we can't say for sure."


Regardless of what instrument was used to cause the damage, the entire incident is one of the most deranged in recent prep sports memory. That any player would inflict damages requiring vaccinations against unsuspecting victims is gross and disturbing. That the player didn't even play any part in the contest itself may make the hurtful handshakes even more upsetting.

That sentiment was certainly shared by one unnamed McLain student who was interviewed by WCMH.


"I think it's stupid, and very silly, and I don't understand why anyone would have any incentive to do that. We lost anyway."


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What would you do if your child went to either of these schools and was involved in the incident?

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JuLeah - posted on 10/06/2011

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Formal letter of appoligy to each player on the other team and ours. Same such letter to the coach, the parents of our players, the school board. A letter to the editor offering and 'I'm sorry" to the community for brining such shame



The kid would write so much his little hand would fall off



Nothing typed, all hand written



I'd have him offer a personal speach to the school the coach and the school board



And, until he was done with all of the above, no friends, no TV, no computer, no spending cash, no after school activities .... my message to him would sink in so deeply as to never be forgotten



I don't think it was a joke, or intended to be funny. It was very poor sportsmanship and not a mistake he'd make again

Brittany - posted on 10/08/2011

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If my son were the one with the thumb tack I would be beyond embarrassed, ask him why he did it, making him write a formal apology to each and every one of the boys on the opposite team, he would be grounded until the school season was over, I would not pay for a lawyer for his actions, and I would got to see and ear, nose and throat doctor to make sure I did not do any damage to my throat.

When I say I would ground him I mean no TV, no Internet (other then school work which I would sit behind him and monitor), no cell phone, no car, no dance, no date, no phone calls, no parties, I will dress him everyday, drop him off at school, walk him to his classroom, make him wait in the office until I could come in and pick him up everyday, and I would also ask the school if it would be ok with them if he mowed the lawn every Saturday until school was out of session. He would be screwed!

Now, if my son was the one pricked, I would call the police and ask to press harassment changes on the other child. I would also ask for a PFA and if there could be an assault charge added. I would not take this lightly. If I pushed hard enough I could get assault with a deadly weapon because, the child could have hit an artery or if it had not been caught my child could have died.

No, I would not expect any less from a different mother if my child were the one who had the tack.

I think sometimes we do not give young adults the proper punishment. If this would have been in the "real world" there would have been serious consequences for his or her actions.

Jennifer - posted on 10/06/2011

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If my son was the one with the tack, there would be severe repercussions. I assume it was a prank and no real harm was intended, but it was so dangerous! HIV, Hep and several other very scary things could be passed that way! I don't mind a funny prank, but it also has to be safe!

If it was my kid that got stuck, I don't think I'd be as wound up as all that. The danger is pretty low, and were talking a tack here, not a dagger. Unless proven otherwise, I'd assume it was a misguided attempt to be funny. I might suggest a hand buzzer next time! I had tacks in my chair at school, and rubber bands snapped at me, an occasional spit wad........the list goes on. None of the pranks were meant for harm, even if they did hurt a little bit, I laughed with everyone else. I still get my husband with a rubber snake every so often, so I imagine I'd be fairly laid back.

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If that were my child, I would seriously ask myself where I went wrong. That young man needs MASSIVE HELP and he should be required/forced to earn money to pay back whomever paid for those tetanus shots AND be forced to work in a nursing home tending those who suffered life-altering infections.

Katherine - posted on 10/08/2011

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What would posses such an act? And a tetanus shot? That is so odd.

I agree with JuLeah. Formal speech, and written letter of apology. That is the most inappropriate thing I have ever heard.

Sal - posted on 10/08/2011

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i would not pay for a lawyer either, there is just no excuse for that, it is bad sportmanship and i would make him do some serious community service and he would have a good few years ban from playing (if any team would have him) if i was a mum of the other team player my response would be dependant on what actually happened to the boy, if my son was ok (it was only a tack after all) and i thought what was already admisitered for him was suitable then i would just let it run its course, however if he was going on the star for any team the following season i would be really pissed and probally take things further than, maybe organise a black band of the team make it really difficult for him to play for a while. while it was unbelievably stupid i don;t think he deserves a criminal record over it....



our football team here last season lost the grand final and refused to walk onto the ground for the presentation (HUGE mistake) in protest over the refereeing, they lost so much support it will take years for them to recover, volunteers refused to work for them, local business took away donations, even parents moved their kids to union instead of leauge, and that was without the supporters who simply didn;t go to game and they lost revenue, we aussie really don;t like a bad sport

Natalie - posted on 10/08/2011

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I think the boy should be expelled and be made to attend intensive counseling. He has serious problems. I might understand why he did it just a tad if he was at least on the losing team, because I could see him being upset and teenagers do some pretty stupid things when they're upset. But he was on the WINNING team. ????

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