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

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A teen suffered brain damage and other injuries from a brutal high school football hedging ritual, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against a major Southern California school and Catholic archdiocese.

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A player at Mater dei Monarchs born in 2004, the anonymous plaintiff filed civil action through his anonymous guardian in Orange County Superior Court. Santa Ana’s Mater Dei High School and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange are named as defendants in the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by Granthshala News.

Preparing for the football team’s COVID-delayed spring season, on February 4, young people joined their teammates in a game of “bodies”, a mater dei ritual where one student surrenders to the other as often as possible. punches before. For the complaint filed by Costa Mesa-based attorney Brian L. Williams.


During the hedging, the plaintiff was struck several times in the face and head, causing permanent scarring and a “traumatic brain injury marked by “pain, slurred speech and cognitive dysfunction”, Williams wrote.

During the beating, the victim, who is white, was allegedly uttered the N-word several times by her assailant and another accomplice, the lawsuit said.

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Not being named as respondent, the complaint states Monarchs coach Bruce Rawlinson Well versed in these hedging practices.

Rollinson reportedly told the victim’s father that he was in an unstable position to discipline the attacker, according to the suit, as the young man’s father was an assistant football coach at Mater Dei.

“If I had a hundred dollars every time I saw these kids’ bodies or slaps, I would be a millionaire,” the lawsuit says.

Rollinson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Allison Bergeron, executive director of communications at Mater Dei, declined to comment on behalf of both the school and the archdiocese.

“At this time, we cannot comment due to pending litigation,” she said.

But on Wednesday night the president of Mater Dei High School addressed the allegations in a statement to the students and their families.

Father Walter E. Jenkins wrote, “As many of you may have noticed, recent media coverage refers to seriously disturbing allegations about our football program and administration.” “In light of pending litigation and confidentiality constraints, I am limited in my ability to address the matter with my community.”

“I am sorry to hear that any student is being harmed in any way on our campus. My heartfelt prayers are with the affected student and family.”

Santa Ana police have investigated the case and detectives reported their findings to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, attorneys for the plaintiffs said. The Orange County DA declined to comment on Wednesday.

The lawsuit, which did not name a dollar figure for damages, involves one of the most powerful high school football programs in the country, who has produced two Heisman Trophy Winner And many NFL players.

Mater Dei is currently the top-rated football team in the country, according to Ranking by USA Today and high school sports website maxpreps,

play for emperor Southern Division Division I Title on Friday against Orange County rival Servite High School.

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