‘No one came:’ Withrow footballer in bloody assault after match, family say
CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The family of a Withrow high school football player say he needed surgery after a teammate assaulted him following a recent game.
They say he returned from an away game in early October and was in the locker room at Withrow’s home when the assault happened.
“Right after the impact of the blow, I was knocked out,” said the student.
He remembers being covered in blood as he stumbled out of the locker room.
“I couldn’t stand up, I couldn’t see, I couldn’t hear,” he said. Then he walked to a bathroom. “No one came. No one came to help me.
The student and his family wished to remain anonymous, fearing reprisals for coming forward.
“I don’t want it to make him feel like he has to walk around looking at his shoulders because he’s defending himself and that’s right,” his mother said.
The family say someone not affiliated with the team found their son, who called his mother on the bathroom.
“Horrible,” she said. “Especially for a mom to see her child disoriented like this.”
She says her son suffered a major injury.
“He had an orbital fracture in his right eye,” she said. “He was closed swollen where he had to have surgery. He had a broken double nose and also a concussion.
The family say the assault is being dealt with by police, but they have other concerns about the situation.
“It was the coach who didn’t follow up and even made sure that my son… He didn’t seem like he cared much,” said the student’s mother. “I feel like he could have come to see me to see if I was alright and alright.”
Cincinnati Public Schools said in a statement they are handling the situation internally with affected individuals and families.
“I would love to know that our children are safe when they are in the care of teachers, coaches, anyone at school who is supposed to be able to make sure they are safe when they are ‘they are under their responsibility, “said the mother.
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