By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
October 25, 2016 (El Cajon)—A 14-year-old football player at Grossmont High School was injured by lightning that struck nearby while walking toward the locker room after football practice yesterday around 6:15 p.m.
In 2010, we reported on a coach at El Capitan High School who kept players on a field during a lightning storm in violation of district policy. “The policy of the GUHSD in thunder/lightning storm conditions would be to immediately seek safe shelter at the first sound of thunder and to remain in said shelter until at least ½ hour after the last sound of thunder,” Larry Pear, director of extended and co-curricular activities at the Grossmont Union High School District, told us at the time.
Numerous witnesses report seeing lighting strikes throughout the afternoon in the community, right up until the time the student was struck. So why wasn’t yesterday’s football practice at Grossmont High, in the same school district, cancelled?