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Fight sends student to hospital

Ben Holbrook, Connecticut Post
Published 9:46 pm, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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  • Scott Waters, 18, of 5 Walmesley Road, was charged with second-degree assault after a fight broke out at a an underage drinking party on Hollow Tree Ridge Road. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Scott Waters, 18, of 5 Walmesley Road, was charged with second-degree assault after a fight broke out at a an underage drinking party on Hollow Tree Ridge Road. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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DARIEN -- A fight at an underage drinking party Friday left a Darien High School student hospitalized and resulted in police charges against two teenagers and the suspension of two of the school's football players from the Thanksgiving Day game against New Canaan, according to sources.

Police confirmed that the victim, who was released from Stamford Hospital, sustained serious injuries.

The victim suffered a concussion, a broken bone in his neck, facial lacerations, and had surgery Wednesday to repair his broken nose, sources said.

Scott Waters, 18, of 5 Walmesley Road, was charged with second-degree assault. Waters was on the Darien football team last year and is on the current roster at Canterbury School.

Police also charged a juvenile with providing alcohol to minors.

Police said they believe multiple people were involved in the fight, and further arrests and charges may be brought.

Sources close to the program identified the players suspended as a star receiver and a defensive lineman. The suspensions were cited as the result of violation of team rules: being at a party where alcohol was served.

Superintendent of Schools Stephen Falcone said the district launched its own investigation and took "necessary and appropriate disciplinary action" against those involved.

Police said it is common for schools to contact them to get more information about an incident for their own investigation.

Waters posted $500 bond and the youth offender posted $250 bond. Both are to appear in court Nov. 30.

According to the police report, officers responded to an assault complaint at 11:40 p.m. and found a male sitting on a stone wall near Hollow Tree Ridge Road and Christie Hill Road with bruises and cuts on his face. The male first told police he fell in the road, but later said he was at a party and was assaulted "by people who didn't want him there," police said.

Darien and New Canaan are scheduled to play Thursday for a berth in the CIAC Class L playoffs. Both teams are 8-1.

Darien football coach Rob Trifone could not be reached for comment. New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli called the situation "a shame."

"If we win tomorrow, we want them to be at full strength. It's too bad," Marinelli said Wednesday.

Five Darien football players were suspended from playing in last year's Turkey Bowl following an incident in which parts of New Canaan High School were spray-painted blue.

The building at the entrance to Dunning Field was also spray-painted, as well as the New Canaan symbol on the clock. All of the individuals involved were required to pay $1,500 in restitution.

Ben Holbrook is a staff writer for Darien News. Advocate Staff Writer Dave Ruden contributed to this report.