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High School coach arrested for performing ‘MMA style’ choke-hold on student

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A baseball coach in Upstate New York allegedly choked a student unconscious during an MMA demonstration.

WWNYTV reported yesterday that a bizarre mixed martial arts demonstration had resulted in a varsity baseball coach being arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The incident took place at Indian River Central High School in Philadelphia, New York.

New York State Police allege that 46-year-old Lloyd Kevin Smith performed a series of ‘mixed martial arts style maneuvers’ on a 16-year-old student, while at school last Friday afternoon. Reportedly, among the moves attempted by Smith was a choke-hold.

Police say that the choke-hold resulted in the student losing consciousness. As a result of the hold the teen fell to the ground and struck his head on a glass and metal door. The alleged incident took place in a locker room ahead of Smith’s scheduled baseball practice.

State Troopers also report that prior to Smith entering the locker room, some students were already demonstrating MMA moves. It is alleged that Smith told the students that he could show them the correct way to administer the moves they were practicing.

The student Smith choked unconscious attended baseball practice, albeit with a sore neck – according to police. Later on that evening the student claimed to be suffering from nausea and blurred vision. In response, his parents took him to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown where he was diagnosed as having suffered a concussion.

According to Dr. Charles Tator of Toronto Western Hospital’s Canadian Concussion Centre, teenage brains are far more susceptible to concussions than adult brains with no prior concussion history. This is because during adolescence the human brain expands dramatically. During this expansion process there is an increased probability that a blow to the head will result in concussion.

WWNYTV asked school superintendent Jim Kettrick whether Smith was still coaching the boys’ varsity baseball team at Indian River CHS. “Action has been taken,” said Kettrick, though he declined to say whether that meant Smith had been terminated from his position.

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