15 Year-Old Football Player Killed
Coconut Creek, Fla: A 15-year-old high school football player was
killed and several other people were injured by lightning after
the game was stopped because of a thunderstorm.
Schaffner Noel was hit in the chest and transported to a hospital,
where he was pronounced dead, said Coconut Creek police spokeswoman,
Another football player and a cheerleader
who had been standing next to Noel were also injured. They were
hospitalized and listed in serious but stable condition, Banks said.
Several other students and a police officer were also knocked down
by the lightning strike. They were treated at Monarch High School
for cuts, bruises and abrasions, Banks said.
According to witnesses, the referees
had stopped the football game because of thunder. Everyone was coming
off the field when Noel was struck.
The thunderstorm moved into the area
quickly, leaving little warning for the coaches, faculty and students.
Noels brother Wagner, 16, who plays varsity football at the school,
described a chaotic scene after the lightning struck.
"We were starting to walk in and
we saw the junior varsities walking in too and then we saw this
huge lightning. It seemed like it hit the field, so everybody started