LANCASTER (CBS) — Grief counselors Monday were at Paraclete High School, where students are mourning a 16-year-old boy who was killed in a skateboarding accident over the weekend.

Caleb Simpson, a popular sophomore football player, was skateboarding with his cousin at a family event on Saturday when he crashed.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time.

Paraclete High School Principal John Anson says Simpson was taken off life support.

Roughly 700 students turned out Sunday for a prayer service in the school’s gym.

Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Lancaster.

Comments (3)
  1. J. says:

    For the life of me, I cannot understand a parent not enforcing a CHILD to protect their head! It should be mandatory, just as car seats and seatbelts. We constantly see kids at skate parks, with NO protective gear at all. All of us have seen or heard about the ramifications of this type of behavior, and it truly saddens me, some will not learn by other’s mistakes. Riding a bike, skiing or skateboarding without a helmet is absolutely no different than giving your kid a loaded a gun, and asking them to play Russian Roulette.

    1. Funkydelix says:

      J, at best you are incredibly insensitve and at worst, a moron. What makes you so sure this boy’s parents didn’t provide a helmet and encourage him to wear it? What can any parent do to “enforce” their rules when the kids are out of their sight? How about the kids we warn to drive carefully, but then they drink and drive, or race with tragic results? Do you blame the parents then also? If you are concerned about the enforcement of laws then contact your legislature and or the police and question them. All this family needs to hear from you is “I’m sorry for your loss.”

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