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High school football player dies from head injury sustained during game in Georgia

Posted at 1:25 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 13:25:59-04

 ZEBULON, Georgia (WGCL) — A football player at Pike County High School in Georgia who was injured during a game Friday, Sept. 28 has died.

Dylan Thomas, a linebacker on the team, suffered a head injury during the game against Greenville High School. Thomas' friends and family gathered on the high school football field over the weekend as a show of support to the student.

A donation page was set up on Facebook to assist the family with funeral arrangements, which have not been announced.

Michael Duncan, superintendent, and Kevin Huffstetler, principal, released this joint statement regarding Thomas' passing:

"I am saddened to inform you that Dylan Thomas, a Pike County High School Student, passed away last evening as a result of injuries sustained in the football game on Friday night. Dylan was an active participant in our school community and a member of the Class of 2020. Please remember his family in the days ahead.

Our school counselors have been and will continue to be available to provide assistance and support to students as they express their sorrow in the loss of their classmate and friend. Students' reactions to this type of event vary as they deal with a wide variety of feelings. It is important that you encourage your child to talk with you about feelings and concerns.

In addition, we offer you the following information to help you as you support your child:

Some children may have physical symptoms. They may complain of stomach aches, headaches, or problems with eating.

Some children may have changes in their sleep patterns. They may sleep more or less than usual.

Some children may lose interest in peer relationships. They may express worry or concern if separated from family members, as well as indicate a need for extra attention from parents.

Some students may display antisocial behavior. They may become more aggressive and/or hostile.

Your presence, concern, and support will be essential in helping your child deal with his or her grief"