September 18th, 2013
01:13 PM ET

16-Yr-Old High School Football Player Dies After Hit

A New York school is mourning the death of one of its students after a fatal injury during a football game last Friday, CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports.

Sixteen-year-old Damon Janes, a junior on the varsity football team at Brocton High School, took a direct hit to the head during the third quarter of the game.

Janes was knocked unconscious and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. Three days later, at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, the teen died from his injuries, becoming the third death of a high school athlete in New York in as many years.

The school superintendent says, "The kids are supporting each other, the staff are supporting the kids and the kids are supporting the staff. And we do have counselors in and around the school."

Helmet-to-helmet hits have been banned at all levels of football, from pee-wee to the NFL, but they do still happen.

Janes' death comes just a month after Deantre Turman, another high school junior, died in Fairburn, Georgia, when he fractured a vertebrae during a scrimmage.

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