Local school faculty continue supervision of students after Kentucky teen death
A Hopkinsville teen died yesterday at football practice. Medical records said Jayvon Quarles died when a large piece of metal equipment fell on his head.
With the beginning of school and football season upon them, teachers, coaches, and administrators are keeping a closer eye on their students and athletes.
During the day Paducah Tilghman's Steve Patterson works as a P.E. teacher, but he's always a football coach. As a parent, teacher. and coach,
Patterson works as a full-time- supervisor. He says whether on the football field or practice field, they are always working to improve students' skills. But even in the most controlled practices, Patterson says something can go wrong.
"Football is a very dynamic sport, and collisions are going to happen," says Patterson.
The team uses heavy equipment during everyday football practices.
With any safety measure, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Kristopher Durfee says the school requires supervision. He says students' safety is always high priority.
"Coaches are trying to build a rapport and a trust between themselves and those they coach, but there's a common-sense element," says Durfee.
Paducah Tilghman has not discussed any changes to their safety policies.