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A 16-year-old student has died at a Farmingville high school during football practice

An “horrific accident” – as it was described – occurred  at a Long Island high school, in Sachem East High in Farmingville, N.Y., on Thursday. “A group of athletes were performing a drill carrying a large log overhead when the log fell and struck Joshua Mileto, a student at the school, in the head,” Suffolk County police said in a statement.

The accident occurred around 8:40 a.m. Eastern time. Two players apparently fell, which resulted in the log hitting Mileto. Joshua Mileto, 16-year-old, was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was ultimately pronounced dead. Carrying the log , about 12 feet (3.7 meters) long and the diameter of a utility pole , was a "team building" exercise.” It's very big. It's like a tree, and it's a challenge for people who weightlift," a football player explained. Some colleges and other high schools around the country have incorporated log-carrying drills and other military-inspired exercises into their football preparations in recent years, sometimes bringing in SEALs to teach and motivate.

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After Mileto's death on Thursday, sports safety expert Douglas Casa questioned the wisdom of having teenagers perform an exercise that involves carrying a heavy object and that was developed for Navy SEALs, who are "potentially a very different clientele." However, “what exercises that are conducted are the privy of the school district and individuals running the workouts,” Tom Combs, executive director of the athletic organization that oversees high school sports in the county declared. The Sachem Central School District, founded in 1955, is one of the largest school districts by population on Long Island.The football season starts in September.

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