Thursday, February 20, 2020

Students injured riding in coach's car

Administrators at Wayne Memorial High School sent a letter to parents last week in response to news reports of an unreported auto accident involving a coach and three students.
According to reports, a coach was driving three members of the wrestling team to a tournament in Howell on Saturday, Feb. 8 when they were involved in a rollover accident which left the vehicle upside down near the I-96 Howell exit.
Various accounts indicate that the students were told to crawl out of the vehicle and were subsequently picked up by an assistant coach who transported them to the tournament in a bus.
According to the teens, they were told by their coach not to reveal the incident and they received no medical treatment or evaluation following the crash. They went on to the tournament and participated in their matches.
The teens obeyed the coach's order to be silent until one of them suffered serious symptoms and discomfort on Tuesday. Student Jaden Shiggs complained of double vision, ringing in his ears and a severe headache, according to reports. The symptoms were serious enough to prompt him to tell an athletic trainer at the school who diagnosed the apparent concussion and contacted his mother, Vonda Shiggs.
Shiggs told news outlets that she had no knowledge of her son's medical condition until three days after the auto accident and she said she was “infuriated.”
“I'm still infuriated every single time I think about it,” Shiggs said. “How is it so many adults that are responsible for children dropped the ball?”
The letter addressed to Wayne Memorial community members signed by school principal James Anderson, said, “The District is currently investigating the incident and taking appropriate steps to address this issue with those involved.
“We are aware that there have been news reports on this situation. While we cannot share specifics that may impact the privacy of any of the individuals involved, if you have questions please feel free to contact me via email at or by phone at (734) 419-2200. 
“As always, the safety of our students and staff is our first priority.  As a District, we are committed to the safety and education of all our students.  Those priorities will be reflected in the District's review and response to this situation.”
That statement wasn't quite enough for parent William Mauldin whose son, William Mauldin, Jr., was one of the teens in the car when it overturned.
“It was upside down on its roof. He rolled it with the kids in the car,” Mauldin said.
A meeting with the coaches involved and administrators was reportedly set for last week.