Indian River Baseball Coach Accused Of Putting Student In Choke-HoldPosted: Updated:
The varsity baseball coach at Indian River Central School has been arrested for allegedly putting a 16 year old student in a choke-hold, which caused the boy to lose consciousness.
State police charged 46 year old Lloyd Kevin Smith of Theresa with endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said Smith, who goes by the name Kevin, was performing mixed martial arts style maneuvers on a 16 year old male student at school last Friday afternoon.
According to police, one of the demonstrations was a choke-hold type of maneuver which caused the boy to become unconscious.
The 16 year old then fell to the ground and struck his head on a glass and metal door.
Police said the incident happened between the end of school and the start of baseball practice in the locker room.
Troopers said it all started when some of the players were playing around with mixed martial arts moves.
According to police, when Smith entered the locker room, he told the players he could show them the correct way to do the move.
Police said the demonstration led to the unconsciousness of one of the players.
Troopers said the player regained consciousness, but went to practice. He complained of a sore neck, police said.
Later that evening, police said the boy began suffering from nausea and blurred vision. His parents took him to Samaritan Medical Center, where he was diagnosed as having a concussion, police said.
Smith was issued a ticket to appear in Philadelphia Town Court Tuesday evening.
Superintendent Jim Kettrick declined to say if Smith is still coaching the team.
"When we became aware of the incident, it was investigated fully and appropriate action has been taken," he said.
He declined further comment.
We also spoke with School Athletic Director, Jay Brown, who would not comment on how the player who was choked is doing or if he's back playing with the team.