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EBR schools says equipment in compliance after player's injury

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BATON ROUGE - A high school football player remains in the hospital after a serious injury incurred during a practice Wednesday afternoon.

Sources said Marcus Thomas, number 37, is in ICU at an area hospital. Thomas, who will be a junior in the fall at Scotlandville High, is listed in serious condition. Thomas is a corner back and wide receiver on the school's football squad.

Wednesday, Thomas was rushed to the hospital for what was then described as a "serious" neck injury. WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington reported from the scene, Thomas was hurt during a spring football practice.

"He grabbed for me, but he kinda lunged for me with his neck up," a teammate told News 2. "I tried to stiff arm him down, but I scored the ball and came back around, and he was still laying down."

The Investigative Unit sent a list of concerns to the school district Thursday, questioning the football equipment, LHSAA rules and practice safety.

The school system told us, its in compliance with LHSAA rules, and the school just received new helmets. The team's practice Wednesday was their first with pads on. The school system also told us a first responder at the school was the first to rush to the teen's aid, though the school's staff originally believed the injury was far less serious.

The Scotlandville head coach wouldn't talk on camera, but says he's made the trip to the hospital.


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