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PLATTE CITY, MO -- Platte County prosecutors said a frustrated Platte County high school football player assaulted an opponent from Winnetonka High School after a play in an October game by ripping the player's helmet off and striking him in the head with it.

The victim suffered a severe concussion from the incident, which was caught by at least one camera shooting game film, and has not returned to school.

"Clearly we know that violent acts occur in every football game that has ever been played, and the vast majority of those plays never result in criminal charges and should not result in criminal charges," Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Tuesday.

But parents and witnesses described a violent act beyond the typical football game.

"It was more ultimate fighting stuff where you're trying to hurt somebody - not put on a hit on somebody," parent Todd Purifoy told 41 Action News. "That was kind of violent."

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