Lightning kills teenage football player

Associated Press
Published October 6, 2005

COCONUT CREEK - A teenage football player was killed and several people were injured in a lightning strike during a high school football game Wednesday.

Schaffner Noel, 15, was hit in the chest by the lightning and transported to Broward General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Coconut Creek police spokeswoman Judy Banks said.

Another player, Malcolm Sylvester, and cheerleader Kristy Plaut, were standing next to Noel and also were injured. They were hospitalized in serious but stable condition, Banks said.

A police officer also fell down and 10 other students were treated at Monarch High School for cuts, bruises and abrasions, Banks said.

The faculty had stopped the junior varsity football game because of thunder and students were coming off the field when the player was struck, Banks said.