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Attorney: HS Footballers Claim Damages for Racially Motivated Attacks

Attorney: HS Footballers Claim Damages for Racially Motivated Attacks

Amityville - (WALK) Five Amityville High School football players each plan to sue members of the Comsewogue school district, Suffolk County and others for $25 million for damages sustained in a fight during a game in Port Jefferson Station in November, according to their attorney.

The students claim they were kicked, choked and beaten by memebers of the Comseqogue team and coaching staff, who also used racial slurs while making threats during the game on November 1.  A lawyer for Suffolk County acknowledged receiving a notice of claim from their attorney. School officials reportedly had no comment.

The unauthorized violence erupted at the start of the game's second half when a Comsewogue player was knocked out of bounds.  Amityville was leading 8-6 when play was stopped, and declared the winner.

Advocates for the Amityville players will attempt to prove the Comsewogue district wrongfully hired and retained coaches who have racist and violent tendencies leading to attacks because the victims were black, according to their attorney.

 

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