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Principal Did Not Investigate Player's Death


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - In a sworn deposition, a Louisville high
school principal says he didn't investigate the practice last
summer where a football player collapsed from heat stroke. The
player, Max Gilpin, died three days later.
Pleasure Ridge Park High School principal David Johnson
testified last week that he deleted e-mails complaining about
coaches' actions at the Aug. 20 football practice and dismissed
them as "inaccurate or taken out of context."
Johnson told one community member by e-mail on Aug. 25 that he
conducted a "thorough investigation."
The Courier-Journal reports that Johnson testified that his only
conversation with head coach Jason Stinson about the practice was a
brief conversation two days later. He says Stinson went over what
happened and said there were water breaks. Johnson testified that
he trusted that Stinson told him the truth.
The player's parents have filed suit against six PRP coaches,
including Stinson.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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