Investigate The Death Of Tekarian Maclin - 16 Year Old Tennessee HS Football Player
On Wednesday morning July 29th, 2015 around 11 a.m., an ambulance was called to the Haywood High School Field house in Brownsville, Tennessee. 16-year-old Junior Student Athlete Tekarian Maclin had just finished practice and was complaining of shortness of breath. After paramedics cleared him, his mother picked him up and drove him home. A few hours later, he was found unresponsive and air-lifted to Le Bonheur Hospital where he died. He was about to enter the 11th grade.
We are petitioning the Honorable District Attorney Garry Brown to immediately open an investigation into what happened and interview all parties present to determine if any laws were broken that led or contributed to the death of Tekarian Maclin.
What happened to Tekarian? It was hot, with a heat index of above 100, likely too hot to be practicing if safety measures weren’t taken. Tennessee State Athletic Association (TSAA) guidelines and rules require schools to provide mandatory 10 minute water breaks every 30 mins and iced towels, and to allow players to alter uniforms by removing layers if possible and helmets during non contact drills. If at all possible, they suggest postponing practice.
Because of the number of deaths in recent years suffered by high school football players, and the fact that regulations at the state and national level are very stringent, we believe more could and should have been done. It is highly possible that the coaching staff and administration and emergency responders are negligent and that these acts could rise to a legal level we consider child / athlete abuse.
By signing this petition, you stand with us, BrainChampions.org and the National Cheer Safety Foundation, in asking for accountability of those in positions of responsibility. You are supporting the protection and safety of all youth K-12 athletes. Please sign our petition and ask for a full investigation into Tekarian Maclin’s death.
We pray for this family and by our signatures support them and honor this wonderful young man!
RIP - Tekarin Maclin - July 29th, 2015
BrainChampions.org and the National Cheer Safety Foundation have worked hard in recent years to bring forward issues of athlete safety and abuse and have worked for protections, regulations, and standards to protect our girls and boys while they pursue youth athletics.
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