High school football hazing led to brain damage, according to suit against powerhouse Mater Dei

A teen suffered mind injury and different accidents from a brutal highschool soccer hazing ritual, in accordance with a lawsuit filed Tuesday towards a distinguished Southern California faculty and Catholic archdiocese.

The nameless plaintiff, a participant on the Mater Dei Monarchs born in 2004, filed the civil motion via his nameless guardian in Orange County Superior Courtroom. Mater Dei Excessive Faculty of Santa Ana and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange are named as defendants within the grievance, a duplicate of which was obtained by NBC Information.

Whereas getting ready for the soccer crew’s Covid-delayed spring season, the teenager on Feb. 4 engaged along with his teammates in a recreation of “Our bodies,” a Mater Dei ritual the place one pupil punches one other as many instances as doable earlier than that particular person surrenders, in accordance with the grievance filed by Costa Mesa-based legal professional Brian L. Williams.

In the course of the hazing, the plaintiff was struck a number of instances within the face and head, resulting in everlasting scars and a “traumatic mind damage” marked by “ache, slurred speech and cognitive dysfunction,” Williams wrote.

In the course of the beating, the sufferer, who’s white, was allegedly referred to as the n-word a number of instances by his attacker and one other teammate, the lawsuit mentioned.

Whereas not named as a defendant, the grievance mentioned Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson is properly conscious of those hazing rituals.

Rollinson allegedly advised the sufferer’s father that he was in an untenable place as far as disciplining the attacker, in accordance with the go well with, as a result of that teenager’s father was an assistant soccer coach at Mater Dei.

“If I had 100 {dollars} for each time these youngsters performed Our bodies or Slappies, I’d be a millionaire,” Rollinson allegedly advised the sufferer’s father, the lawsuit mentioned.

Rollinson didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Allison Bergeron, govt director of communications at Mater Dei, declined touch upon behalf of each the college and archdiocese.

“At the moment, we can’t remark because of pending litigation,” she mentioned.

However in an announcement to college students and their households on Wednesday night time, the President of Mater Dei Excessive Faculty addressed the allegations.

“As a lot of you might have seen, latest media protection references deeply disturbing accusations about our soccer program and administration,” Father Walter E. Jenkins wrote. “In gentle of pending litigation and privateness constraints, I’m restricted in my potential to deal with the matter with our group.”

“It pains me to listen to about any pupil struggling hurt of any type on our campus. My heartfelt prayers exit to the affected pupil and household.”

The matter has been investigated by Santa Ana police and detectives  reported their findings to the Orange County District Lawyer’s Workplace, legal professionals for the plaintiff mentioned. The Orange County DA declined touch upon Wednesday.

The lawsuit, which didn’t identify a greenback determine for damages,  entails one of many nation’s strongest highschool soccer applications, which has produced two Heisman Trophy winners and quite a few NFL gamers.

Mater Dei is at present the nation’s top-rated soccer crew, in accordance with rankings by USA In the present day and highschool sports activities web site MaxPreps.

The Monarchs play for the Southern Part Division I title on Friday towards Orange County rival Servite Excessive Faculty.