Two San Francisco high school students’ lives took a tragic turn last weekend when one threw a punch that landed him in jail and his classmate in hospital.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory football season ended on a sour note when a fight erupted at Stern Grove.
Police say a 16-year-old student athlete is in the hospital with a head injury while another 16-year-old is facing criminal charges.
“So many bad things happen to kids around alcohol,” said retired San Francisco Police Lt. Colleen Fatooh.
The former liaison to the superintendent of schools, Fatooh said Stern Grove is known as a teen party spot.
“I know Stern Grove is a very popular spot on weekends for high school students,” she said. It “has been for many years – a lot of drinking takes place here.
Staff members at Sacred Heart are not commenting on the altercation. And neither student’s identity has been released because of their ages
Fatooh says this is a horrible way for teens to learn about the dangers of alcohol.
“The school community really needs to put out a message: ‘Not permissible, not OK, dangerous,’” she said of alcohol.
The Sacred Heart junior varsity team has a game at Valley Christian High School in San Jose on Saturday. A player told NBC Bay Area said the team is praying for the students involved in the incident in San Francisco.