The Pitt County School system is being sued after a Rose High School football player died from head injuries suffered on the field.
Carolyn Waller is suing the school system and coach Todd Lipe, assistant coaches William Wiberg, Mark Johnson, Lee Nicholson and former Rose first responder Bill Grimm.
Carolyn's 16 year-old son Jaquan died in September of 2008 after suffering a concussion during a football game. The medical examiner determined his death was attributed to second impact syndrome. He had received another concussion just days before in practice.
The complaint alleges negligence on behalf of the defendants. It seeks damages in excess of $10,000.
The school system released a statement Friday. It is below.
"Pitt County Schools has learned that the family of former J. H. Rose High School football player, Jaquan Waller, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the district.
'We have been expecting a lawsuit to be filed for some time,' commented Heather Mayo, the system’s public information officer. 'Based on advice from our legal counsel and because this is pending litigation, we will not be able to comment on the matter.' "
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