“The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office ruled out any criminal intent behind the August 20 incident at Kent Island High School that caused 15 football players and three coaches to become ill and require hospital treatment. The sheriff’s office recently issued a news release which said its investigation “”has resulted in no criminal actions or intent being found and their investigation is considered a closed case.””
Queen Anne’s County emergency officials previously said it was heat-related illness that likely sent the players and coaches to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis and Memorial Hospital at Easton. The call for help went out about 4:45 p.m. August 20, but quickly escalated into a working mass casualty as more players were affected. The players had been practicing for about 40 minutes, and there had been three water breaks. One player who became ill was in street clothes. The heat index on the field at the time of the incident measured 106 degrees. One athlete was held overnight for observation, but the other 17 patients were treated at the hospitals and released the same day.