We take a look at a lawsuit filed by a local high school football player.
That lawsuit comes almost three months after Shakur Chisolm claimed his coaches at Allendale Fairfax High School let his teammates beat him in a hazing ritual.
Chisolm’s attorney says there is a criminal investigation into the hazing allegations, that investigation opened by SLED. The attorney explinas there have been no criminal charges filed in the case.
What was filed is a civil lawsuit for a jury to decide if Chilsolm should be awarded monetary damages to cover his medical bills, emotional distress and future economic losses.
One of South Carolina’s top high school football players is heading to court.
Shakur Chisolm and his parents filed this lawsuit late Monday in Allendale County.
In it, Chisolm claims players on the Allendale-Fairfax football team beat him up over the summer during a hazing ritual while the team was away at training camp in Orangeburg.
This fall was to be Chisolm’s first season at Allendale-Fairfax, a talented player who transferred from Barnwell High School right before his senior year .
His lawsuit states in order to become a member of the football team, freshmen, -transfer- students and “newcomers” must successfully complete and undergo a hazing ritual before they are accepted onto the team.
It goes on to say Chisolm was required to “get got” and the beatings were given with open hands, closed fists, boxing gloves and belt buckles.
The suit claims the coaching staff egged on the ritual.
The coaches, Allendale County Schools and Allendale-Fairfax High School are just a few named in the suit.
Also named is the South Atlantic Conference Association of Seventh Day Adventist- because the camp was held on a property they own.
That organization told WJBF News Channel 6’s Deon Guillory it learned about the lawsuit from him and had no comment about it.
There will be another civil lawsuit filed next week on behalf of another Allendale-Fairfax football player with allegations of hazing at the same camp during the same week over the summer.