Federal Lawsuit Against Kingfisher Schools, Football Coaches Reveals New Sexual Assault and Physical Abuse Allegations
Beverly Cantrell - March 14, 2022 8:58 pm
KINGFISHER, Okla. (KFOR) – A federal investigation unveiled new allegations centering around the Kingfisher High School football program. The details in the lawsuit, which is pending in Oklahoma City federal court, alleges a hazing and bullying culture within the Kingfisher football program as well as mental and physical child abuse. The details in the lawsuit come with a trigger warning due to their graphic nature.
The documents reveal a variety of abusive situations, allegedly with the coach’s full knowledge. Among the allegations are that one player was whipped by sometimes knotted and wet, frayed towels while in the shower. The documents state sometimes the beatings would only stop when he “began to bleed.”
The player was also allegedly tased at least four times and was shot with a paintball gun at close range in the locker room. The lawsuit claims the coaches and other players laughed and didn’t discipline the attackers. The victim was left with welts and in pain. At times he was also sent threatening messages from other players. In the messages from the documents one player told him not to show up to practice and encouraged him to commit suicide. The player was told by another teammate that his mom would be killed if he told her about the abuse.
The lawsuit also details sexual assaults in the locker room. There were claims that coach’s forced players into locker room fights that they would sometimes bet on as well.