The family of a former La Jolla High School football player is suing the San Diego Unified School District for failing to remove their son from a game despite suffering a concussion.
According to the lawsuit, the family alleges that its son, John Enloe III, suffered a concussion during an October 2014 game. Despite complaints of a headache and nausea, an assistant coach sent him back onto the field, telling him to “suck it up” according to the lawsuit.
During the rest of the game, Enloe endured more hits and possibly more concussions. According to the family’s lawyer, "Enloe suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of the multiple hits and continues to experience problems that have affected his health and educational goals."
The school district is not commenting on the lawsuit but has stated that it has changed its concussion policies to require all coaches pass a concussion course administered by the California Interscholastic Association. The assistant coach was suspended for two games and has not returned to coach at La Jolla, according to the family’s lawyer.