High school student dies soon after injury at football practice, cops say

Suffolk County police

WCBS reported that Joshua Mileto, 16, a student at Sachem High School East in Farmingville, New York, died during a routine drill.

The kid was raced to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was later articulated dead, as per Suffolk Police Assistant Commissioner Justin Meyers.

No other details were immediately available and the boy's name was not released.

Some athletic trainers are questioning the efficacy of a football drill in which an 11th-grade Long Island student was killed Thursday as his family prepares funeral arrangements for the teen.

The Sachem East Touchdown Club launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the family.

Robert Zayas, the executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, signaled a possible rules review sometime in the future.

The superintendent of schools for the district, Dr. Kenneth Graham, said in a statement: "The district is devastated by this horrific accident and words can not express the grief we feel as a school community".

At the time, Shoreham-Wading River School Superintendent Steven Cohen said in a statement: "Each student is a valued member of our educational community and a young person's death is always tragic".

Mileto's mother thanked supporters, saying on Facebook, "We are absolutely beyond devastated".

Sports safety expert Douglas Casa questioned the wisdom of having teenagers perform an exercise that involves carrying a heavy object and that was developed for Navy SEALs, "potentially a very different clientele".

A former player said carrying the 12-foot-long pole was a "team-building" exercise.

Carlin Schledorn, who just graduated from Sachem East, says he did the log drill when he was on the football team. "Five or six people do it at once".

The emergency call reporting Mileto's injury came in at 8:40 a.m.

Classmate Olivia Cassereli said Mileto "cared about everyone else".

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