Student Well-Being

Two More Fatalities Reported Among High School Football Players

By Bryan Toporek — October 08, 2015 1 min read

Less than two weeks after a high school quarterback in New Jersey died after suffering a lacerated spleen during a game, two more high school football players have died, bringing the number of fatalities to five this fall.

On Monday, 17-year-old Kenney Bui, a senior at Evergreen (Wash.) High School, died three days after suffering a head injury during the fourth quarter of a football game against Highline High School. Bui, who played defensive back for Evergreen, was injured while making a tackle, according to USA Today.

He was taken in an ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died three days later. According to ABC News, Bui underwent surgery upon arriving at the hospital, and was then transferred to the intensive care unit and placed on a ventilator.

“It is with great sadness that School Board President Bernie Dorsey and I share with you that TEC High School senior Kenney Bui, who was critically injured in Friday night’s Evergreen v. Highline football game, died Monday morning at the hospital,” said Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield in a statement posted on the district’s website. “This is a devastating loss for all of us—Evergreen students, families, and staff, and our entire Highline community.”

Rod Williams, a 17-year-old offensive lineman at Burke County (Ga.) High School, also died Monday, nearly two weeks after collapsing during practice on Sept. 22, according to the Augusta Chronicle

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.