Handshake gone wrong

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 11:34am

An Ohio high school football player is under investigation after opposing players were punctured by a hidden tack during congratulatory handshakes at a football game last week.

The incident occurred at McClain High School in Greenfield on September 30th.

"We walked across the 50 yard line and supposedly one of the guys had tacks in his glove. Nobody knew about it. I was far back enough in the line that everyone started to turn around and I got out of the way," said Michael Aeh, a McClain football player.

Officials said 27 football players had their hands punctured after they congratulated the winning team from Washington Court House.

"They felt the pain of it when it occurred and they thought maybe they had hit a nerve or something. Then some of them immediately looked at their hands and saw blood," said Dr. Dan Strain, McClain High School principal.

After it was discovered that the McClain players were bleeding, coaches from both sides were told, players were interviewed and it was discovered that one player from the Washington Court House team was responsible.

The student hadn't played in the football game, officials said.

The Highland County Health Department made the players get tetanus shots because of concerns over blood transmissions.

The school opened a case file with Greenfield police.

"They will do the background information, the investigative work and they will forward that case file to the Highland County prosecutor's office who will then determine which charges are appropriate, if any charges are appropriate, and file those with juvenile court," Strain said.

Washington Court House Local School District officials told Strain that they have taken the appropriate actions concerning the one football player who was found responsible.

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