Family of high school track star sucker-punched during race are considering lawsuit ‘after they were stopped from pressing charges by cops who threatened to arrest THEIR son if they filed a report’
- The family of a high school track star who was sucker-punched during a race say they had wanted to press charges against his attacker,
- However, the family’s attorney said deputies had threatened to arrest their son if they’d done so
- Now, they’re looking into potentially filing a lawsuit
- The high school runner was punched in the head during his 1,600m race last Saturday at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida
- The athlete who threw the punch had earlier got in the way of the lead runner
- After still obscuring the track, the runner pushed him out of the way
- On the subsequent lap, the other athlete sucker punched the runner the face, knocking him over – he managed to get to his feet and complete the race
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The family of a high school track star who was sucker-punched during a race say they had wanted to press charges against his attacker but deputies had threatened to arrest their son if they’d done so.
Now, the family is considering filing a civil lawsuit against the other student and the track invitation event that hosted the race, their attorney says.
Shocking video of the attack during the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee last Saturday captured the incident as a pack of runners coming down the track in the 1,600-meter race when a teen comes up from behind and punches the athlete in the lead in the back of the head.
The runner goes down and stays on the ground as the rest of the team run past. His family’s attorney, Nathan Carter, revealed the teen suffered a concussion following the attack.
There was allegedly an altercation before the attack, where the victim had told the attacker to move out of his way. When he refused, during an earlier lap, the victim had pushed him, according to TMZ.
At the time, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office claimed that the victim, who has not been identified, had not wanted to press charges, but his family have disputed that claim, with their attorney telling the outlet that their son would have been arrested for battery had they filed criminal charges.
‘The family has read reports that the OCSD claims [my client] refused to press charges,’ Carter said in a statement.
‘This is false.’
The family of a high school track star who was sucker-punched during a race say they had wanted to press charges against his attacker but deputies had threatened to arrest their son if they’d done so. The unnamed high school runner, pictured above in a white top and red shorts, right before he was punched in the head during the 1,600m race
‘The family of the victim did want to press charges for this vicious attack and assault caught on video and witnessed by hundreds of people. The OCSD deputy told the family that if [my client] pressed charges then he would also be arrested for battery.’
‘Only because of this threat did the family choose not to press charges.’
Now, Carter states the family is ‘exploring civil remedies against all those responsible.’
‘If this event hired proper officials to help run this track meet, they could have prevented this,’ Carter added.
The runner in black can be seen chasing down the lead runner in read and white and sucker punching him, knocking the runner off balance sending him to the floor
The athlete who threw the punch had earlier got in the way of the lead runner and was told to move out of the way, but instead he decided to exact revenge
‘They could have prevented the CC athlete from standing on the track during the first turn. Or they could have moved the CC athlete after the first lap incident. Or they could have moved the CC athlete before the second lap incident. Or they could have stopped the CC athlete before he chased [my client] down and sucker-punched him.’
‘They had many opportunities to prevent this and failed to do so.’
Video of the event showed the stunned response of spectators after the punch was thrown.
‘Are you f***ing kidding me?!’ one person could be heard saying repeatedly while others simply screamed in horror.
The Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee invites athletes from 27 schools to compete
Event organizers have not yet commented on the incident.
The runner responsible for attacking the other teen can be seen pushing him out of the way after sucker punching the runner the face, knocking him over
The runner was left in a heap on the ground at the side of the track, although he did manage to complete the race
The incident happened on Saturday at Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida
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