High school pep rally leads to injured mascot

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TULSA, Okla. — Before hitting the gridiron under the Friday night lights, the Memorial High School football team called a new play at their pep rally.

“It was a matter of seconds, and things got out of hand.”

Tulsa Public School are now throwing penalty flags for roughing.

“Out of respect for this young man, this was some pretty serious damage that was done to him, and there needs to be consequences,” Chris Payne said.

Payne is with TPS and says the football team dog piled onto a student dressed as their rival’s mascot at the pep rally.

But Payne says one student took things too far and started kicking the mascot in the face, leaving serious injuries.

“Having seen some of the Facebook pictures of the young man…this is a pretty serious offense,
Payne said.

The victim posted a message on his Facebook saying the football team is not bad, and he believes they didn’t intend on hurting him. He also said team members have apologized enough.

But that may not be sufficient.

The one student who was way over the top, in his behavior we’ve already taken disciplinary action with him.”

Payne says school officials are still trying to determine the consequences for other students involved.


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