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Family of Rolesville player who died from head injury sues WCPSS

Posted May 19

The family of the Rolesville High School football player who died from a head injury is suing the Wake County school system and members of the athletic staff.

In their lawsuit, Isaiah Langston's family claims the school system was negligent for not getting the teenager medical help after he suffered a head injury at a football practice.

In September of 2014, Langston collapsed during a warmup before a Friday night game against Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and was rushed to the hospital, where he died from his head injury.

Family of Rolesville High School player who died from head injury sues Wake County Schools

His family members sued the Wake County School System, claiming they are responsible for the 17-year-old's death.

Before he died, the lawsuit alleges Langston was "involved in a collision" with another player and "suffered one or more concussions."

The suit claims his parents were never told about the injuries. His parents say Langston "was never cleared to return to play by any medical physician" and "complained of headaches and pain to the back of his head."

Lawsuit filed by Langston family

Court papers accuse Rolesville High employees of failing to use reasonable care over their players and failure to recognize a life-threatening medical condition and give treatment.

In their response, Wake County School officials said they are not responsible for Langston's death, claiming the teenager never complained to school workers about headaches he may have had. The school system claims his death was not foreseeable.

Wake County school system's response response to lawsuit

School employees around the Rolesville High team, including coaches, are named in the lawsuit. In the suit the family requests a trial by jury.

The night Langston collapsed, coaches, fans and players from both teams joined hands on the football field in a prayer circle. Students and members took to social media after the player, #78, collapsed on the field with #prayforisaiah.


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  • methinkthis May 20, 10:17 a.m.

    We really can not tell what happened from the incomplete text article. The article presents no clear timeline for the head collisions and headaches vs the collapse. Based on the incomplete written reporting one might assume they were earlier than the collapse, and the video implies that, and that the parents are equally culpable for not knowing the medical condition of their child. Does any reporter read what they write anymore?

  • UNC82 May 20, 8:47 a.m.

    What about the parents responsibility to make sure their child is ok? If were my child I would know what her medical condition was & if she was well enough to play. I would never leave the decision to someone else. If this boy was complaining of headaches his parents should have been concerned & should not have let him play.