High school student, 15 years old, was paralyzed after the first football game

A Minnesota high school student may be permanently paralyzed after sustaining a serious injury during a football game this month.


Bloomington Jefferson High School freshman Ethan Glynn was “unable to feel a thing” after he attempted a tackle during a football game on Sept. 2, organizers wrote on a CaringBridge page created for the youngster from 15 years and his family.


“He sustained a serious neck and spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down,” a description on the page read. “He has a long road ahead of him, but he is a fighter and we have no doubt that he will give it his all.”


Tim Carlson, the head coach of the Jefferson Jaguars football team, told ABC affiliate KSTP that Glynn may have tripped before making the tackle and hit his head on another player.


“Ethan is a smart boy and while they were asking him questions, [Ethan] I knew the answers I was giving weren’t good answers about what I could feel or touch,” Carlson told KSTP.




According to CBS affiliate WCCO, the game was the first of Glynn’s high school career. He is a talented athlete, the news station added, and was the captain of a junior hockey team that earned a spot in the state championships.


“This is a captain guy,” John Frein, a family friend, told WCCO. “I mean, you see in a lot of photos that he has a C on his chest.”


In a CaringBridge page update Tuesday, loved ones said Glynn is receiving physical therapy on her arms and legs while in the hospital. He underwent surgery the day before, according to an update, and was put on a ventilator.

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“We really cannot thank everyone enough for the support you have given E and our family during this time,” they said. “As many of you know, E, he is a fighter and he will face this like any other challenge he has ever faced.”


A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Glynn’s medical expenses has raised more than $118,000 as of Thursday afternoon.


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Bloomington school district spokesman Rick Kaufman told the Minnesota star tribune that support was offered to the football players at Jefferson High School after the incident.


“The football teams will meet after school to process the incident and meet with the coaches and our counseling teams,” he said, “all of whom have significant experience and training in traumatic events.”

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