Wed., August 17, 2011 9:46am (EDT)

GHSA Could Investigate Player Death
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The parents of a Fitzgerald High School player who died after football practice want an investigation. (photo-bamakodaker)
The parents of a Fitzgerald High School player who died after football practice want an investigation. (photo-bamakodaker)
The parents of a 16-year-old south Georgia high school football player are demanding the Georgia High School Association investigate the death of their son, who died following practice Aug. 2.

Attorney Benjamin Crump says Fitzgerald High School defensive lineman D.J. Searcy participated in an endurance test at a football camp in Columbia County, Fla., and fell to the ground. Crump says Searcy said he couldn't continue but was told to go on.

Searcy was found unresponsive later that morning.

Searcy's parents say their son showed signs of dehydration the previous evening.

GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin says the association will consider an investigation, normally done at a school system's request.

Ben Hill County School Superintendent Nancy Whidden says she is awaiting autopsy results but thinks coaches did everything possible.